Colombo, Aug 30 (newsin.asia) – A Memorandum of Understanding 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, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said here Wednesday.
Cabinet Approval is expected to be received for the MoU in order to establish sister city relations in accordance with the principles in the Communique on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Sri Lanka.
The Jishan region is considered as an important place for Sri Lanka because it is the birth place of Rev. Faxian who visited Sri Lanka during the 5th Century to learn Buddhism. The 60 acre Jujube garden was also opened last year in Ven. Faxian’s home town named “China-Sri Lanka Friendship Jishan Jujube Orchard” to commemorate the cordial Buddhist relations between the two countries and to commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka.