Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor G.L. Peiris, who met the Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong, on 30 June, assured him that Sri Lanka will continue to stand by the ‘One China Policy’ and pledged Sri Lanka’s unwavering support to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
He also appreciated China’s continued assistance to Sri Lanka. The Foreign Minister also apprised the Ambassador of the current situation in the country and the shortage of fuel, food and pharmaceutical equipment which have adversely affected the economy of
The Minister added that bilateral partners and international agencies are in regular discussions to address these challenges.
The Minister mentioned that he held discussions with the leaders of 12 countries on the current situation in terms of in Sri Lanka on the flanks of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda and the assistance required by Sri Lanka at this critical juncture
He briefed the Ambassador on the ongoing discussion with the IMF for financial assistance as well as restructuring Sri Lanka’s debt, as well as the measures that are put in place by the Government to address the most pressing issues.
The Chinese Envoy appreciated the Government of Sri Lanka’s position and its consistent stance on ‘One China Policy’.
Ambassador Qi assured that the Chinese Government would remain engaged with Sri Lanka towards extending assistance to Sri Lanka in every possible manner.