Sri Lanka and China reiterated their firm commitment to strengthen friendship and bilateral relations between the two countries.
Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who concluded a two-day visit to Beijing Saturday, said the new government of Sri Lanka desires to further strengthen the warm and robust bilateral relations and the cooperative partnership.
"Both sides reiterated the importance of the bilateral relationship between China and Sri Lanka, which has stood the test of time amidst changing international circumstances and evolution of domestic political situations, as testimony of a solid and deep friendship between the two countries," a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said.
Minister Samaraweera called on the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and held extensive bilateral discussions with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
A key objective of the upcoming state visit to China by President Maithripala Sirisena next month will be to enhance the strategic cooperative partnership with Beijing, the Minister told the Chinese side.
Minister Samaraweera also briefed the Chinese side on recent developments in Sri Lanka, including the formation of the new Government, which he stated was a Government of national unity between the two major political parties in Sri Lanka. The Minister stated that both these parties had over the years, fostered Sri Lanka - China relations and as such, both the President and Prime Minister are keen to take forward the relationship to a new level of excellence.
During bilateral talks, the Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, underscored the nature of the relationship between China and Sri Lanka as an "all weather friendship" and reiterated that China will continue to promote strong relations with Sri Lanka.
Minister Samaraweera also met with the Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Wang Jiarui and the Minister of Commerce, Gao Hucheng.
Si Lanka's Ambassador to China, Ranjith Uyangoda, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Mr. A.M.J. Sadiq and other senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing participated in the meetings.