‘Not interested in US’ #AlienVsPredator game’

2020-10-28 at 14:42

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo says it is only keen on promoting China-Sri Lanka friendship and cooperation, and is unwilling to engage in a ‘#AlienVsPredator game’ invitation.

The statement was made in response to a remark made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a joint media briefing with Foreign Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena this morning, visiting Secretary of State Pompeo said a strong sovereign Sri Lanka is a powerful strategic partner for the US in the world stage and can be beacon for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The US Secretary of State noted that China is a predator and the US comes as a friend and partner.

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo then hit back with a response saying it is only keen on the best interest of the country while claiming that ‘the US can play two roles at the same time as always.’

Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo, who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a brief visit, left the island this afternoon.

NewsRadio airport correspondent said the US delegation left the Bandaranaike International Airport on a special flight at 1.06pm.

Our correspondent said a group of officials of the Foreign Ministry and the US Embassy in Colombo was at the BIA at the time of departure.

During his visit, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held discussions with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and several others.

Speaking at a joint media briefing today visiting Secretary of State Pompeo said the US hopes Sri Lanka gains sustainable development.

He noted that Sri Lanka and the US have a shared democratic vision, including for free and open shipping lanes for trade and travel.

Pompeo claimed his visit to Sri Lanka was aimed at discussing ways that the two countries can build relationships for US private companies to witness opportunities in Sri Lanka.

The US Secretary also commended Sri Lanka’s industries in assisting in PPE manufacturing for the COVID-19 pandemic.

He noted that consistency in transparency and good governance will attract more investors to Sri Lanka.