Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasised that the Chinese government and people stand firmly with the Sri Lankan people and resolutely support Sri Lanka in safeguarding its National Security and Stability.

President Xi made the remarks while meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday in Beijing.

Both sides need to maintain the high-level dialogue regularly, promote cooperation in jointly building the Belt and Road, facilitate law-enforcement and security cooperation, and enhance cooperation against non-traditional security threats, President Xi said.

The Chinese president said he believes Sri Lanka will show its rich culture through the platform of the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations which is scheduled to open on May 15 in Beijing.

Sirisena expressed appreciation of China’s forthright position on Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism strategy and efforts.

He said the conference will promote mutual understanding and respect and shared prosperity among countries with an emphasis on civilisations.

Sri Lanka appreciates China’s valuable support and assistance over the years, Sirisena said, adding his willingness to build the Belt and Road with China and deepen China-Sri Lanka mutually beneficial cooperation.