Written by News 1st
22 May, 2014 | 2:38 pm
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping held bilateral talks in Shanghai, China on Thursday morning.
According to a communique issued by the Presidential Spokesman and International Media Unit, the two heads of states had discussed the progress of ongoing collaborative projects as well as new areas of cooperation including maritime cooperation.
Noting that Sri Lanka is an important partner, President Xi said he was happy to see the relations between the two countries being elevated to one of “strategic cooperation” during the President’s last visit to China in May 2013.
The communique added that President Xi, while appreciating Sri Lanka’s support towards the‘Maritime Silk Route Economic Belt’ initiative of China, said the island is an important player in the initiative and “an important country in the Indian Ocean.”
Meanwhile, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had expressed his gratitude towards the assistance granted by China for development activities.
While thanking China for its support at the U.N. Human Rights Council, President Rajapaksa had assured China that Sri Lanka continues to uphold the ‘One China Policy,’ which has been a consistent feature in Sri Lanka’s foreign policy and also pledged solidarity with the Chinese Government in the fight against terrorism.
President Rajapaksa also invited President Xi to visit Sri Lanka, noting that the last visit by a Chinese Head of State to Sri Lanka was in 1986.
President Xi, meanwhile said he will make it a priority to visit Sri Lanka as soon as possible.
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