Arrival of luxury cruise ship with 2,000 passengers expected to boost tourism in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) — A super luxury cruise ship carrying over 2,000 passengers arrived at the Colombo port on Tuesday, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said.

The “Mein Schiff 5”, owned by a German operator, planned a full day of celebrations and cultural events in the Sri Lankan capital in the wee hours of Tuesday.

SLPA officials said the ship was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Colombo Port and passengers would be offered excursions to most places and tours covering Colombo, South and Central Highlands.

The tourism ministry said the arrival of the cruise liner has given a boost to tourism in the South Asian country.

Nine international passenger ships are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka by March next year, a minister said last week, in a bid to revive the country’s pandemic-hit tourism and attract much-needed foreign exchange.

China welcomes Sri Lankan foreign minister’s denunciation of so-called “Chinese debt trap”: spokesperson

BEIJING, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) — Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said here on Monday that China welcomes Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mohammad Ali Sabri’s rebuttal to the statement of the so-called Chinese “debt trap” in Sri Lanka.

Sabri has said that when Sri Lanka went to China in search of money, China showed respect and never forced Sri Lanka to take money. China provided some financial facilities and credit lines to Sri Lanka as well as some humanitarian aid, Sabri said, adding that “debt trap” is a Western phrase.

Zhao said it was a strong rebuttal to the narrative about the so-called Chinese “debt trap” in Sri Lanka.

The spokesperson reiterated that China’s assistance to Sri Lanka never comes with any political binding, and China never seeks any selfish political gains from its investments and financing in Sri Lanka.

He said, “China is fully concerned with the difficulties and challenges faced by Sri Lanka and supports relevant financial institutions in discussing and properly resolving them with Sri Lanka. provided support.”

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Zhao said this year marks the 65th anniversary of China-Sri Lanka diplomatic relations and the 70th anniversary of the rubber-rice agreement.

China to strengthen and expand the China-Sri Lanka strategic cooperative partnership to carry forward traditional friendship with Sri Lanka, strengthen strategic mutual trust, deepen and expand practical cooperation, and better benefit both countries and both peoples Will Work. Stressed.

(No editing has been done in ABP Live’s report except for the headline.)

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