Lankan parliamentarians to visit China next week

Fifteen Sri Lankan parliamentarians will visit China next week to attend a programme on disaster management.

China handed over the equipment estimated at 293,000 US dollars to the Sri Lankan Parliament to boost parliament to parliament ties between the two countries.

While appreciating and accepting the donation, Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that to date over 100 parliamentarians had visited China for several programnes with the support of China.

Jayasuriya said 15 parliamentary members would visit China next week to undergo a programne on disaster management. “We hope to strengthen this relationship further,” Jayasuriya said.

China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang said China welcomed more local parliamentarians to visit China and would look forward to further boosting ties with the island country.

Yi said he would encourage more Chinese companies and investors to invest in Sri Lanka. Recently, China Merchants Port Holdings has signed a $1.12 billion agreement with the SriLanka Ports Authority to develop the Hambantota Port in southern Sri Lanka. (ANI) 

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