Xi Jinping Holds Telephone Conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya

  Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, May 13th: President Xi Jinping held a phone call with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya in the evening of May 13.

  Xi Jinping pointed out that at the critical moment of China's fight against the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, all sectors of Sri Lankan society have given China active support, and many heart-warming moves are moving. Under your strong leadership, Sri Lanka has effectively contained the spread of the epidemic. The Chinese side is willing to continue to provide firm support and assistance within its capacity according to the needs of Sri Lanka. I believe that the people of Sri Lanka will be able to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible. Thank you to the Sri Lankan government and people for taking care of Chinese citizens in Sri Lanka during the epidemic. China will continue to guarantee the safety and health of Sri Lankan citizens in China. China is willing to work with Sri Lanka and other international communities to continue to support WHO to play a leading role, promote international joint defense and joint control cooperation, and work together to win this defense battle that is related to the safety and health of peoples.

  Xi Jinping emphasized that China and Slovakia are strategic partners of sincerity, mutual assistance and friendship from generation to generation. The friendship and mutual trust between the two countries have been tested, and they have been sublimated again in this joint fight against the epidemic. On the premise of ensuring epidemic prevention and control, the two sides should gradually resume pragmatic cooperation in various fields, advance major cooperation projects in an orderly manner, and promote high-quality joint construction of the “Belt and Road”. This will help Sri Lanka's economic recovery.

  Gotabaya said that under your strong leadership, China has achieved remarkable results in its fight against the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic, and the Chinese people have shown extraordinary wisdom and strength. The friendship between Sri Lanka and China has a long history and cooperation in various fields is progressing smoothly. For a long time, China has provided a lot of valuable support and assistance for the economic and social development of Sri Lanka. The people of Sri Lanka are grateful for this. I appreciate your idea of ​​a community of shared future for mankind and agree to support WHO to play a leading role in international cooperation in the fight against epidemics. The Sri Lankan side is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, tourism and infrastructure with China, and smoothly promote the major cooperation projects of the Belt and Road Initiative such as Colombo Port City. Sri Lanka is willing to work with China to promote the building of a community of shared future for mankind.