Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Shenhong said China has offered an additional USD 400,000 worth food and other humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka and requested Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to provide a list of immediate requirements.
Meeting Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Shenhong at the Temple Trees Office in Colombo on 21 September, PM said Sri Lanka highly values China’s continuous support.
The Prime Minister made a special mention about China’s stand in support of Sri Lanka’s sovereignty at the international forums including the UN Human Rights Council.
The discussion initiated with a satisfactory reference to historical bilateral relations between the two countries. During the meeting, the importance of further strengthening the existing economic cooperation between China and Sri Lanka in the face of the economic crisis was emphasised. The Prime Minister said Sri Lanka would welcome direct private investments as well as investments in agriculture, renewable energy, irrigation and water supply sectors to provide long term solutions to economic issues.
The Chinese Ambassador expressed satisfaction over the progress of Sri Lanka’s discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As China is also a member of the IMF, the Ambassador assured that necessary support will be provided at the meeting of the IMF Board of Directors. The Minister offered his felicitations to the upcoming Chinese national day celebrations. Prime Minister’s Secretary Anura Dissanayake was also present at this meeting.