Colombo, May 14: The Chinese government has agreed to grant Rs 2.6 billion (over 14 million dollar) for Sri Lanka's defence sector, besides donating 100 police jeeps worth Rs 1.5 billion (over 8 million dollar), the President's Media Division said on Tuesday.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena who is on an official visit to China to attend "Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilisations" in Beijing met with his Chinese counterpart and requested a grant for the activities of the defence sector given the current situation of the country, Sri Lanka's The Sunday Times reported.
Meanwhile, President Sirisena and Chinese President Xi Jinping had also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to acquire the services of security personnel in both countries.
The Chinese government has agreed to provide 100 jeeps to the Sri Lanka police department at a special request made by the President.
In August 2018, the US announced to grant 39 billion dollar to Sri Lanka to boost country's maritime security.
Also, on August 22, 2018 Japan’s defence minister Itsunori Onodera visited Sri Lanka and toured all the three major ports Colombo, Trincomalee and Hambantota. The Japanese government offered two patrol vessels to the Sri Lankan Coast Guard costing over 11 billion dollar.
During the discussion, Mr Sirisena had told President Jinping that Sri Lanka did not have the necessary facilities to curb the spread of false information through social media platforms in a bid to control terrorism in the country.
Accordingly, the Chinese President had said that he would deploy a team of Chinese experts to conduct an assessment in Sri Lanka following which the required equipment and knowledge would be shared by these officials.
On the same lines, he had noted that China was willing to support Sri Lanka in every way possible to overcome the challenges of terrorism and restore the situation of the country back to normalcy.
The agreements are regarding the mega investments done by China in Sri Lanka and providing Chinese assistance for national security of Sri Lanka.
President Sirisena is expected to brief the leaders about the steps taken to manage the law and order situation successfully and the current steps that would ensure investor confidence as well as the steps taken for safety and security of foreign tourists.
The President will also explain the operations carried out by the security forces under his instructions to defeat the motives of the extremists and to strengthen the law and order situation. (UNI)