A bilateral discussion between Sri Lanka and People’s Republic of China (PLA) on the sidelines of official visit by Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe was held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo today morning (Apr 28).
Sri Lankan delegation led by Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) had a fruitful discussion with the visiting Chinese Delegation led by General Fenghe during the session.
Chinese Ambassador in Colombo, His Excellency Qi Zhenhong, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage and Tri-Forces Commanders were also present at the respective sides of the discussion.
Recalling the long existed bilateral ties between two countries, Gen. Gunaratne said China had been a historical ally of Sri Lanka across a multitude of avenues including Buddhism, trade, infrastructure development and global connectivity.
Defence Secretary also appreciated the recent supportive measure extended by the Chinese government during the UNHRC resolution tabled against Sri Lanka.
“We are looking forward to work together with Sri Lanka to enhance practical cooperation and to promote bilateral relations to a greater extent” said General Fenghe while highlighting the existing military ties between two countries.
Afterwards, General Fenghe launched the official website of the Chinese National Defence University Alumni Association of Sri Lanka at the invitation of the Defence Secretary and the Director General of Sri Lanka Customs and the Chairman and founding member of the Alumni Association Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya (Retd).
Official signing of Military Assistance Protocol was also held between two countries on the sidelines of official visit by High Ranking Chinese Defence Delegation.
Sri Lankan Defence Secretary and Tri Forces Commanders exchanged gifts with the Head of the Chinese Delegation General Fenghe as a symbolic gesture and to mark the occasion.
Deputy Chief of Joint Staff Department of PLA Lt. Gen. Shao Yuanming, Director General of Office for International Military Cooperation of Central Military Commission (CMC) Maj. Gen. Ci Guowei, Deputy Director General of General Office CMC Maj. Gen. Shen Fangwu, Assistant Chief of Staff of Southern Theatre Command of PLA Maj. Gen. Hu Xianjun and Chinese Defence Attaché Senior Colonel Wan Dong, were also present at the bilateral discussion.