The Chinese Foreing Minister met both President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and several other top government officials during this visit which he commenced from the Maldives.
“A request was proposed by Sri Lanka to allow Chinese tourists to visit Sri Lanka marinating strict COVID-19 restrictions under the bio bubble concept. These also include Chinese tourists visiting only certain tourist attractions and staying in pre-arranged and approved hotels.
The President’s office said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had asked China to help restructure debt repayments.
Rajapaksa’s office said in the statement: The President pointed out that it would be a great relief to the country if attention could be paid on restructuring the debt repayments as a solution to the economic crisis that has arisen in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Rajapaksa also requested China to provide “concessional terms” for its exports to Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a tweet said that discussions were also centered on the logistics of facilitating the return of many Sri Lanka medical students back to China to complete their studies. They have been unable to return due to restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic.
In response to the Prime Minister’s special request, Foreign Minister Yi assured that Sri Lankan students will be given highest priority, the Prime Minister’s media division said. The Chinese Foreign Minister’s visit marks the 65th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations and the 70th anniversary of the Lanka-China Rubber Rice Pact. The Chinese Foreign Minister also visited Colombo Port City.