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Chinese Defence Minister meets PM

Following Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister, General Wei Fenghe’s meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa this morning (28), the General is currently in talks with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister extended his appreciation to China as 600,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) were donated to Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Rajapaksa mentioned that Sri Lanka looks forward to China’s continued support with regard to the Covid-19 crisis.

Commenting on Sri Lanka’s post-pandemic economic recovery, the Prime Minister told the General that one of the main priorities for the government is to attract investments from around the world and Sri Lanka looks forward to China’s support in rebuilding investor confidence in the country.

On behalf of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Rajapaksa conveyed warm wishes on the 100th year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party this year. “China has uplifted nearly 100 million rural residents out of absolute poverty. And you have accomplished these 10 years in advance of the completion of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goal in poverty alleviation. This is an impressive achievement,” he said.

The Chinese Defence Minister also held talks with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa earlier today (April 28). Commenting on the meeting with the President, General Wei Fenghe has stated that the bilateral discussions were extremely fruitful. He also stated that relations between the two nations were further strengthened by this visit.