Sri Lankan president inaugurates Colombo Lotus Tower

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Aerial photo taken on April 10, 2019 shows the Lotus Tower in Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka. [Photo/Xinhua]

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday inaugurated the Colombo Lotus Tower.

The tower, whose construction began in 2012, stands 356 meters tall and will bring great benefits to Sri Lanka's telecommunication and broadcasting industry.

The tower also includes a revolving restaurant, an observation deck with a view of Colombo city, a shopping complex, among others.

Sirisena, speaking at the inauguration ceremony, commended China for its financial assistance granted for the construction of the tower and the Chinese and Sri Lankan engineers involved in the project.

"I sincerely hope this project further cement the centuries old economic and cultural relations between China and Sri Lanka and showcase our knowledge and expertise in the modern construction sector," Sirisena said.

"The Lotus Tower will not only be known as the tallest structure in the city of Colombo with more tourist attraction, but it will also play a pivotal role in Sri Lanka's journey towards development by being a landmark of the Sri Lankan nation," Sirisena added.

Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan, speaking at the ceremony, said the Colombo Lotus Tower will contribute to the spectacular skyline of Colombo and add new momentum to the development of telecommunications industry of Sri Lanka.

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