Russia pledges to continue arms trade with Sri Lanka

Russia pledges to continue arms trade with Sri Lanka

14 January 2020 10:44 pm

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena has held bilateral discussions with the high-profile Russian, Chinese and US officials who arrived in the county for bilateral talks.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells arrived in Sri Lanka early this morning (14) while Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Sri Lanka last night.

Minister Gunawardena and his Chinese counterpart have discussed investment projects during their bilateral talks, the Foreign Ministry said.

It was reported that discussions with the Russian foreign minister commenced at around 11.00 am in the morning.

A joint press brief chaired by the two foreign ministers is taking place in Colombo.

Russia sad it will continue its arms trade with Sri Lanka by providing weapons to the military and help Sri Lanka improve its defence system.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrovsaid that Russia has said that his country will continue to provide arms and equipment to the Sri Lankan Army to fight its enemy and improve its defence system.

He was speaking at a joint press conference in Colombo with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

Russian Foreign Minister thanked Sri Lanka for the support given to the initiatives taken by Russia in the UN.

He said that Russia and Sri Lanka will work together on counter-terrorism and Russia will also support Sri Lanka in its attempt to hold accountable those responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardena thanked Russia for the support it has given the country in the past, especially at the UN Human Rights Council.

He said that at talks today both Sri Lanka and Russia agreed to expand economic and trade cooperation as well as in the fields of defence and counter-terrorism