Sri Lanka Prez Rajapaksa to visit China later this

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 22:09

Beijing: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa would visit China later this month on the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Foreign Ministry here said on Monday.

This will be Rajapaksa`s first visit after the new leadership took power in China.

His visit from May 27-30 is expected to further boost the emerging close ties between the two countries helped by billions of dollars of aid and assistance provided by Beijing to Colombo to develop its infrastructure.

China has assisted Sri Lanka in building the new port at Hambantota besides modernising the Colombo port.

China is also assisting Sri Lanka in various other infrastructure projects.

In his telephonic talks with Rajapaksa after taking office in March this year Xi assured Rajapaksa of all support to Colombo to safeguard its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, saying China would like to continue to provide assistance to Sri Lanka within its capacity.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 22:09

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