On the evening of May 13, President Xi Jinping spoke by telephone with Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya.
Xi Jinping pointed out that at the critical moment when China is fighting novel coronavirus pneumonia, Sri Lankan society from all walks of life has given China active support and many warm-hearted actions are touching. Under your strong leadership, Sri Lanka has effectively curbed the spread of the epidemic. China is willing to continue to provide firm support and help within its capabilities according to Sri Lanka's needs. I believe Sri Lankan people will be able to overcome the epidemic as soon as possible I would like to thank the Sri Lankan government and people for taking care of Chinese citizens in Sri Lanka during the epidemic. China will continue to ensure the life 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 in playing a leading role, promote international joint defense and control cooperation, and jointly win this battle to safeguard the lives and health of people of all countries.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and Sri Lanka are strategic partners that sincerely help each other and have been friendly from generation to generation. The friendship and mutual trust between the two countries have been tested and 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 practical cooperation in various fields, promote major cooperation projects in an orderly manner, and promote high-quality joint construction of "the Belt and Road Initiative". This will help Sri Lanka's economic recovery.
Gotabhaya said that under your strong leadership, China has achieved remarkable results in fighting novel coronavirus pneumonia and the Chinese people have shown extraordinary wisdom and strength. Sri Lanka-China friendship 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 to Sri Lanka's economic and social development, for which the Sri Lankan people are grateful. I appreciate your idea of a community of human destinies and agree to support WHO to play a leading role in international anti-epidemic cooperation. Sri Lanka is willing to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China in the fields of economy, trade, tourism, infrastructure and other fields, smoothly push forward major cooperation projects of the "the Belt and Road Initiative" such as Colombo Port City, and welcome more Chinese enterprises to invest and cooperate in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is willing to work with China to promote the construction of a community of human destiny.