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China and Sri Lanka Sign Nine New Agreements to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

On Tuesday (March 26), nine new agreements were signed between China and Sri Lanka in a ceremony attended by Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

The event commenced with Prime Minister Gunawardena paying floral tributes to the martyred war heroes at the Monument to the People’s Heroes at Tiananmen Square. Following this, he received a guard of honor from the Chinese military, signaling the start of bilateral discussions.

The bilateral talks, held in the Great Hall in Beijing, focused on enhancing cooperation across various sectors, including social, cultural, educational, agricultural, and economic domains.

Both Prime Ministers affirmed the commencement of a new chapter in the longstanding friendship and cooperation between Sri Lanka and China through the signing of nine memoranda of understanding.

Representing Sri Lanka, Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake signed the agreements, while the secretaries of nine ministries signed on behalf of China.

The event was attended by a delegation including Ministers from the People’s Republic of China, Sri Lankan State Ministers Shehan Semasinghe and Ashoka Priyantha, as well as MP Yadamini Gunawardena, among others.

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