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SL envoy calls on Vietnam Foreign Affairs Minister

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam Prasanna Gamage called on the Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister Pham Binh Minh on March 5 at the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Ha Noi, a media release issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ha Noi said.

Pham Binh Minh expressed his satisfaction on the existing close bilateral relations between the two countries. He also recalled the cordial and productive relations he maintained with Sri Lankan diplomats, especially during his tenure as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations in New York. Minister Minh expressed his confidence that solid political and socio-cultural relations, which prevail between the two countries would pave the way to enhance trade, economic and investments relations. He also emphasised that the 50th anniversary celebrations relating to the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka should be conducted in both countries starting from this year.

Ambassador Gamage congratulated Vietnam for being the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2020 and becoming a non-permeant member of the UN Security Council for the period 2020 – 2021 as well as taking measures to effectively control the spread of Coronavirus in Vietnam. The Ambassador acknowledged the continuing excellent bilateral cooperation between the two countries and also mutual cooperation in the regional and international spheres.

Minister Minh and Ambassador Gamage discussed the future prospects of bilateral relations, high-level visits to be undertaken by political leaders, increasing people to people contacts, tourism, education and culture-related cooperation between the two countries. Ambassador Gamage was assisted by Third Secretary (Commercial) Prasadi Boomawalage of the Mission and Minister Pham Binh Minh was assisted by Director General Nguyen Tat Thanh, Head Duong Minh Ngoc and Desk Officer Nguyen Thi Thanh Xuan, of South Asia Division of the Department of South East Asia, South Asia and South Pacific of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, during the meeting.


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