Sri Lanka confirms it asked China to defer visit by ship
Sri Lanka today confirmed it has asked China to defer the visit by the Chinese vessel Yuang Wang 5 to the Hambantota Port.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that diplomatic clearance for the Chinese vessel to make a port call at the Hambantota port from 11-17 August, 2022 for replenishment purposes was conveyed by the Ministry to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo on 12 July, 2022.
However, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that in light of the need for further consultations, the Ministry has communicated to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Colombo to defer the visit of the said vessel to the Hambantota port.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirmed the enduring friendship and excellent relations between Sri Lanka and China which remain on a solid foundation, as reiterated most recently by the two Foreign Ministers Ali Sabry and Wang Yi at a bilateral meeting in Phonm Penh, Cambodia on 4 August, 2022.
At this first meeting between the two Foreign Ministers, Minister Sabry referred to Sri Lanka’s firm commitment to the one-China policy which has been a consistent principle in the country’s foreign policy. (Colombo Gazette)