Lanka, Vietnam ties reach new heights | Daily News


Lanka, Vietnam ties reach new heights

Talks on exchange of Buddhist delegations,introduction of direct flights, appointment of Joint Committee, boosting business and tourism ties

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc while emphasising the need to further strengthen bilateral ties said that Sri Lanka and Viennam should also focus on building a strong relationship between the two countries Parliaments, political parties as well as the people.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister made these observations during bilateral talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (11).

“During the bilateral meeting, the importance of initiating not only economic exchanging programmes but political, religious, social and business exchanging programmes between the two countries was also highlighted.

The Sri Lankan government’s assistance was sought to make next year’s United Nations Vesak Festival, scheduled to be held in Vietnam a success.

In response, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emphasised the importance of exchanging Buddhist delegations between the countries.

The Prime Minister also pointed out the importance of appointing a Joint Committee to study the historic relationship between the two countries. Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in response said that the Joint Committee should be appointed without delay.

The Vietnamese Prime Minister further said Sri Lanka and Vietnam should commence direct flights since there is a large number of Vietnamese eager to visit Sri Lanka, to which Premier Wickremesinghe said that the government was ready to facilitate the commencement of such a flight.Discussions would also be held to relax the visa regulations to promote enhance tourism between the two countries.

During the discussions it was decided to organise a visit of Sri Lankan entrepreneurs to Vietnam and to exchange business programmes between the countries.

The two Prime Ministers also agreed to formulate a Memorandum of Understanding on the Fisheries Industry between Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

They also focused on expediting and expanding the function of the Joint Committee on economic coordination between the two countries.

The Premiers also decided that they would commit to ensure free Naval movements within the Indian Ocean in order to promote peace. Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama, the Prime Minister’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake,the Prime Minister’s Additional Secretary Saman Athaudahetti, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Vietnam Hasanthi Dissanayake and Special Assistant Sandra Perera also participated at the meeting.


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