In a tweet, the Chinese embassy in Colombo described the event as an important consensus to enhance people to people exchanges and pragmatic cooperation post COVID-19.
Speaking at the revival ceremony held at the Parliament Complex yesterday (22), Chinese ambassador in Sri Lanka - Qi Zhenhong said to the MPs, "You are the voices of Sri Lankan public opinion, and the windows for Sri Lankan people to understand China. You are the bridges connecting China-Sri Lanka friendship, the engines promoting China-Sri Lanka cooperation, and the contributors developing China-Sri Lanka relations."
"Currently, the international situation is undergoing profound changes unseen in a century, while the regional circumstances are keeping in-depth evolving. Both China and Sri Lanka have entered a new era of national development. Against this background, how to enhance the friendship and cooperation between our two countries? We see huge challenges together with golden opportunities. I sincerely hope and believe that the Friendship Association will continue to work as a great contributor, strong supporter, and solid defender of our bilateral cooperation from a strategic and long-term perspective," he added.
Premnath C. Dolawaththa was appointed as the Secretary to the SLCPFA while (Dr.) Upul Galappaththi, Aravindh Kumar and Selvam Adaikalanathan were elected as the Deputy Chairmen. Mohomad Muzammil was elected as the Deputy Secretary and Ishak Rahuman was elected as the Treasurer.
Speaking on the occasion, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that relations between Sri Lanka and China date back to 206 BC and since the establishment of official diplomatic relations in 1957, there has been a very deep and diverse relationship between the two countries and also appreciated the strong support extended by the Chinese Government to protect Sri Lanka from the COVID-19 pandemic.