June 19, Colombo: China on Wednesday donated a batch of security equipment to the Sri Lankan Parliament to ensure the safety of the parliament and the legislators following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the country.
The security equipment, including three portable x-ray machines and five walk through metal detectors worth about Rs. 60 million were handed over by Chinese Ambassador Cheng Xueyuan on behalf of the Chinese government, to the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on behalf of the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
The Speaker thanking the Chinese government and its people, said the urgently needed security equipment provided by China will secure the safety of the Parliament and MPs.
The Speaker added that during the time of any natural or tragic calamity, China has been one of the first countries who has always stood ready to help Sri Lanka. "We are grateful to the Chinese government and its people," Jayasuriya said.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka also issuing a statement on Wednesday, said that the urgently needed security equipment provided by China will better secure the safety of the MPs from all political parties, as well as the Parliament staff, journalists and visitors, Xinhua reported.
"Currently, the Chinese government is studying implementing the requests raised by the Sri Lankan government case by case according to the priority," the statement added.