Mar 28, Colombo: China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative has provided a great opportunity for Sri Lanka to achieve government’s primary goal to develop the national economy and benefit more grass-root people, head of Sri Lankan President’s National Economic Council (NEC) said today.
Secretary General of Sri Lanka’s National Economic Council Professor Lalith Samarakoon, during his meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan on Monday (26), said that Colombo attaches great importance on Sri Lanka-China economic cooperation as well as the good suggestions proposed by the Chinese side.
“NEC will accordingly coordinate all related departments to speed up the implementations of the joint projects and deepen the friendship of the two countries,” the Secretary-General Samarakoon has said.
During the meeting both sides exchanged views in depth on bilateral economic and commercial relations, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
Ambassador Cheng has expressed that the China-Sri Lanka friendship dates back to ancient times and China attaches great importance to the bilateral relations.
He said China is willing to implement the important consensus of the two leaders and actively push forward the practical cooperation under the framework of “Belt and Road” Initiative.
“On current stage, both sides are going to receive the early harvest of the cooperation, which will bring more and more tangible benefits to both peoples,” Ambassador Cheng has said.
He assured that China never interfere in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka and never attach additional conditions to its assistance to Sri Lanka.
“While pursuing building a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness and justice, win-win cooperation, China is actively working together with Sri Lanka to promote the latter’s economic and social development and bring benefit to the two peoples,” the statement said.
Ambassador Cheng also briefed Prof. Samarakoon on the status of the ongoing cooperation and the bright prospects of joint mega-projects in Sri Lanka, and urged NEC to jointly work together with China to promote the cooperation.