Chinese Foreign Minister meets President; Both parties discuss debt restructuring possibility

Chinese Foreign Minister meets President; Both parties discuss debt restructuring possibility

Chinese Foreign Minister meets President; Both parties discuss debt restructuring possibility

Written by Zulfick Farzan

09 Jan, 2022 | 3:41 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st); Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday (9) afternoon.

According to the President’s Media Division, the meeting took place to further strengthen the 65 year diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka.

Welcoming the visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister, the President recalled the historic close ties between the two countries.

The President on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and her people, thanked the Government of China for the material and financial assistance received to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflecting on the friendship between the two countries, Wang Yi said he was pleased to be back in Sri Lanka and said that China would always support the island nation as a close friend.

President Rajapaksa also thanked the Chinese Government for its continued support in providing Sri Lanka with Sinopharm vaccines for the successful implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

The President requested Wang Yi to assist in attracting Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka by allowing visitation using the bio-bubble program.

The President pointed out that it would be a great relief to the country if the focus could be on restructuring the debt repayments as a solution to the economic crisis that has arisen in the face of COVID-19.

The President also said that if a concessional trade credit scheme could be obtained for imports from China, it would enable industries to run smoothly.

Wang Yi invited the President to visit China and expressed confidence that the visit would take place soon.

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