Chinese President promises all possible assistance to Sri Lanka in
its endeavour to strengthen national security by wiping out terrorism.
[May 15 2019]
2300 million Chinese grant for defence sector in Sri Lanka
100 jeeps and many
other equipment costing Rs. 1,500 million to the Sri Lanka Police
on Defence cooperation
and modern equipment for anti-terrorism operations
Chinese President Xi Jinping today (14th) vowed to
provide all possible assistance to Sri Lanka in its endeavour to
strengthen national security by wiping out the scourge of terrorism.
The Chinese President made this promise during a
meeting with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at Presidential
He said that China is always ready to go hand in hand
with Sri Lanka which is recovering after effectively facing the
challenge of terrorism adding that the Chinese government will provide
any assistance to Sri Lanka at any time.
President Xi Jinping, while condemning the Easter
Sunday attacks expressed his condolence to the families who were
affected by the attacks. He said that he is against any form of
terrorism in any part of the world.
He also said the Chinese government has taken steps to
provide a grant of Rs 2,600 million for Security Forces during this
emergency situation on a request of President Maithripala Sirisena
The Chinese President has also agreed to immediately
release 100 jeeps and many other equipment costing Rs. 1,500 million to
the Sri Lanka Police Department.
The two governments also signed an agreement promoting
closer cooperation in the field of defence following the bilateral
discussion between the two leaders.
President Sirisena briefed his Chinese counterpart
about the Easter Sunday attacks, steps taken by the government following
the attacks and the new security mechanism put in place by the
The discussion also focused on strengthening
cooperation in the defence sector and sharing intelligence between the
President Sirisena said that the country does not have
technological expertise and equipment to trace the individuals who are
fanning the flames of terrorism by propagating false information through
The Chinese President agreed to provide necessary
technological expertise and equipment to the country immediately. He
also informed President Sirisena that a Chinese technical team will be
sent to Sri Lanka soon to look into the matter. Both leaders also
discussed on the progress of development projects being implemented in
the country with Chinese financial assistance. Sri Lanka President said
that he expects to complete the constructions of these projects soon.
They also discussed on the progress of Kidney hospital
being constructed in Polonnaruwa with Chinese assistance. The Chinese
President praised the cooperation given by the Sri Lanka as a true ally.
The Chinese President appreciated the drug eradication
programme of President Maithripala Sirisena and said that he was
confident that Sri Lanka will be able to win that challenge.