COLOMBO - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on
Thursday called for greater economic and trade cooperation with China
and hoped China's assistance and aid would benefit more ordinary people
in the island country.
The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said in a statement that during a
working consultation with China's Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan,
Wickremesinghe thanked China for its long-term support to Sri Lanka's
economic and social development and emphasized that Sri Lanka attaches
great importance to mega-projects cooperation between the two countries.
Wickremesinghe further affirmed his commitment to tackle the
practical difficulties listed by the Chinese side and speed up the
implementation of pragmatic cooperation such as the development of
Hambantota Port and industrial zone, in southern Sri Lanka, so as to
bring real benefit to Sri Lankan people in an early date.
During the discussions, Ambassador Cheng said in order to strive for
early harvest and bring tangible benefit to the two peoples, China
stands ready to work with the Sri Lankan side to accelerate the
implementation of the major-projects cooperation under the Belt and Road
The ambassador also elaborated on current progress together with
difficulties of the mega-projects cooperation between the two countries
and called upon the Sri Lankan government to push for practical
Both sides reviewed the current progress of bilateral economic and
trade cooperation and vowed to further promote pragmatic cooperation.