China and Sri Lanka have agreed to work together to advance their cooperation.

Sri Lanka’s and China’s presidents have agreed to enhance and extend their mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in all areas.

President Xi Jinping of China said in a phone conversation with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that he will continue to help Sri Lanka’s sustainable development and that he will stand firm for Sri Lanka in the face of unfair pressure in multilateral forums.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed gratitude to President Xi and the Chinese government for their support at the recent UN Human Rights Council sessions, as well as for the gift of 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka.

“The Port City of Colombo and the Port of Hambantota are two projects that have great potential to contribute to the socio-economic development of Sri Lanka. We hope to see them completed soon. The port city has the potential to greatly expand foreign investment opportunities. It is also a solution to unemployment,” said the Chinese President.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa noted that the Hambantota Port and other infrastructure development projects are progressing well, and he asked the Chinese government to finish the project’s remaining work as soon as possible.

President Rajapaksa said he intends to do what is necessary for the prosperity and development of Sri Lanka during the remaining four years of his tenure. “Poverty alleviation is our primary objective. For that, we can follow the example of China,” he said.

The Chinese leader expressed his willingness to help alleviate poverty in Sri Lanka, saying that in the past few years, 9 million people in his country have been lifted out of poverty.

Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka hopes to learn from China’s experience in poverty reduction and rural revitalization and is willing to expand cooperation in infrastructure construction, tourism and so on, so as to benefit Sri Lanka’s economic development and its people.

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