Defence secretary thanks China

Defence SecretaryMilitary and trade assistance by China during the critical phase of the conflict in Sri Lanka, made the victory over terrorism possible, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said. Remnants of the LTTE and LTTE linked groups active around the world have launched a campaign to destabilise peace and build pressure on Sri Lanka, he said at a ceremony in Beijing on Monday to mark 55 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"Their key objectives include winning international opinion for the separatist cause, pushing for international investigations on allegations of war crimes, and undermining the sincere and genuine efforts underway in Sri Lanka to achieve reconciliation and development," the Defence Secretary said.

He said as the two countries celebrate 55 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties, they enjoy an unprecedented level of cooperation and friendship.

"I have every confidence that the close cooperation, respect and friendship between our two nations will continue to grow to our mutual benefit," he said.

The event tilted ‘Refreshingly Sri Lanka’ was held at China World Hotel.

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