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Lankan Defence secretary visits China

world Updated: Mar 09, 2009 17:03 IST

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Sri Lanka and China have discussed military cooperation during the Lankan Defence Secretary's recent visit to the Communist country.

"Secretary Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa made an official visit to the People's Republic of China from 28th February to 6 March 2009," a Defence Ministry statement said in Colombo on Monday.

The minister held discussion with the Chief of the General Staff and Vice Minister of the Ministry of National Defence, Lt General Mia Xio Tian, on training of security personnel between China and Sri Lanka, the statement said.

Gotabhaya, the brother of Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, extended his gratitude towards People's Republic of China and its people for the steadfast support given over the years to Sri Lanka to strengthen the war against terrorism, it said.

During his visit, Gotabhaya also met with the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information, Chen Qui Fa, and Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs He Yifei.

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