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China and Sri Lanka to establish sister cities

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing a sister city relationship between Jishan, Shanxi Province of China and Monaragala, Uva Province of Sri Lanka was signed recently in Sri Lanka.

The District Secretary of Monaragala and the Magistrate of the People’s Government of Jishan Country signed the agreement at the Monaragala District Secretariat with the participation of a six-member Chinese delegation.

The Cabinet Approval is expected for the MOU in due course to implement the agreement for establishing sister city relations in accordance with the principles in the Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Sri Lanka.

Considering the opportunity for promotion of friendly relations and deepening mutual understanding between the two countries through this MOU, Dr. Karunasena Kodituwakku, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Beijing expedited the process of arranging the MOU once the proposal initiated by the Most. Ven. Chang Zang, the Chief Incumbent of Longquan Temple in Beijing where one of the Lord Buddha’s sacred Tooth Relic is kept for reverence.

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