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Sri Lanka, China seek to strengthen military ties

(Xinhua)

12:00, September 01, 2012

COLOMBO, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka and China have sought to strengthen their military ties, the Sri Lankan defense ministry said on Friday.

The remarks followed a meeting between Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie and Secretary to the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defense Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

During the meeting, Liang said the political trust between the two countries has deepened with the rapid expansion of exchanges and cooperation in various fields.

Liang expressed the hope that the two sides would continue to work hard to maintain the close and friendly relations and strengthen exchanges and cooperation in the field of non- traditional security and improve the ability to respond to crisis together, so as contribute to regional peace, stability and development.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka greatly appreciated the valued assistance and cooperation extended by China in times of need.

Liang arrived in Colombo on Wednesday for an official goodwill visit at the invitation of the Sri Lankan Defense Ministry. It is also the first visit by a Chinese defense minister to the south Asian island country.

During the visit, Liang also had discussions with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who thanked the government and the people of China for standing by Sri Lanka at times it was facing various challenges internationally and for extending cooperation in the fields of economy and culture.

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