Colombo (PTI): Sri Lanka is one of the key countries in China’s ambitious multi-billion dollar One Belt One Road initiative and Beijing attaches great importance to its $1.5 billion Colombo Port City project, China’s ambassador said on Wednesday.
Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan was addressing a gathering on the occasion of completing the reclamation of the sea within the proximity to the Port of Colombo to create 269 acres of land for the project.
“China has attached great importance to the project’s role in Sri Lanka’s society and economy and attaches great importance to the project’s impact on the welfare of Sri Lanka’s own people,” he said.
China has so far invested $700 million and have provided jobs to 4,000 Sri Lankan citizens related to the project, he added.
“No matter how the international situation changes, China always facilitate great importance to Sino-Lanka relations and actively implements the consensus of the leaders of the two countries,” Cheng said.
The project was completed 3 months ahead of its targeted 28 months.