The State Councilor and Minister of Defense of China General Chang Wanquan arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday for a three-day official visit at the invitation of Ministry of Defense of Sri Lanka, the Chinese Embassy in Colombo said.
The President's Media Unit reports that the President had also extended his gratitude to the Chinese government for the training opportunities provided to Sri Lankan security forces for a long time.
President Maithripala Sirisena today thanked China for its support for Sri Lanka's independence and national security in a meeting with Chinese Defence Minister as they discussed ways to bolster bilateral defence ties.
Sirisena stated that the two countries will come into several agreements.
The President who commended the assistance provided to Sri Lanka by the Chinese government during the crucial stages of the war in the country, trusts that China will continue to train Sri Lankan security forces.
China's Defence Ministry said in December that China would hold its first military drills with Nepal in 2017. He recalled that the diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka have a history of sixty years. He conveyed the congratulations by the President of China on this regard.
In 2014, Sri Lanka permitted a Chinese submarine and a warship to dock at its port in the capital Colombo, sparking concern in New Delhi.
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