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China meets with Mahinda and Ranil as crisis in Sri Lanka continues

China’s ambassador to Sri Lanka met with both men claiming to be the prime minister of the country, as the constitutional crisis on the island continues.

Photograph: @AzzamAmeen

Cheng Xueyuan, China's ambassador to Sri Lanka, met with Ranil Wickremesinghe in Temple Trees earlier this evening according to reports.

Meanwhile, Mahinda Rajapaksa also tweeted photographs of his meeting with the Chinese ambassador, stating that Xueyuan had come to “convey congratulatory wishes from Chinese President Xi Jinping”.

Both men still claim to be the Sri Lanka’s prime minister, after Rajapaksa was appointed the position by his former political rival and current president Maithripala Sirisena.