June 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne on Sunday has expressed appreciation for China’s support to Sri Lanka regarding its development and safeguarding of its state sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Sri Lanka welcomes the active role China plays in the international community, the Premier has said.
Jayaratne has hailed the bilateral friendship with China when he met the Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Sunday.
Sri Lankan Premier is in Kunming to attend the opening ceremony of the 19th China Kunming Import and Export Fair and the fourth South Asian Countries Trade Fair, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
Dai, noting the special relationship between the two countries that dates back over 2,000 years, has said that China cherishes its ties with Sri Lanka and is ready to make concerted efforts to reinforce traditional friendship.
“China is willing to see Sri Lanka achieve rapid and prosperous development, and is willing to see the development of emerging economies and developing countries,” Dai has said.
The Chinese State Councilor has officially opened the five-day fair in Kunming. The fair runs until June 10.
Prime Minster Jayaratne has said the fair had become an important platform for the world, especially for the Asian countries to explore business opportunities.
Chinese State Councilor Dai has said that the two countries have bright prospects of practical cooperation.
“Both China and Sri Lanka currently have the heavy task of development, and there are bright prospects for the two countries to enhance practical cooperation,” Xinhua quoting Dai said.
During the meeting that last about 50 minutes, the State Councilor has conveyed the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s greetings to the Sri Lankan PM. The Councilor has also congratulated the PM on his 80th birthday that falls on during his visit.