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Lankan envoy to Vietnam calls on HCM City People’s Committee chief

Ambassador Prasanna Gamage, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thang Phong, and other senior officials during the meeting.
Ambassador Prasanna Gamage, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thang Phong, and other senior officials during the meeting.

On March 12, Prasanna Gamage, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam, met with Nguyen Thang Phong, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh (HCM) City People’s Committee, at the Headquarters of the People’s Committee during his official visit to Ho Chi Minh City, a media release issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ha Noi said.

At the outset, assuring his fullest support and cooperation, the Chairman conveyed his best wishes to the Ambassador for a successful tenure in Vietnam. Phong recalled warm and friendly bilateral relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka while referring to the three visits made by the late President Ho Chi Minh to Sri Lanka. He appreciated Sri Lanka’s longstanding friendship and solidarity with Vietnam and expressed that the two countries should focus on enhancing economic relations based on the solid platform of this strong political relationship.

Ambassador Gamage conveyed his appreciation to Phong for granting the meeting and providing an opportunity to discuss the cooperation between Sri Lanka and Ho Chi Minh City. Gamage reiterated that the friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Vietnam will be further consolidated in the years to come, especially in 2020, when the two countries will celebrate 50 years of formal diplomatic relations.

Phong and Ambassador Gamage had a comprehensive dialogue, focusing on enhancing relations in the areas of political, trade, investment, tourism, cultural and people-to-people contacts between Ho Chi Minh City and Sri Lanka. The Chairman emphasized the importance of expansion of trade and investment relations, which has a huge potential, yet largely unutilized. He also appreciated the current positive developments in tourism and cultural related cooperation. Gamage informed that Sri Lanka is planning to hold several promotional activities in Ho Chi Minh City during this year, focusing on trade, investment, tourism and culture, and requested the assistance of the People’s Committee for the success of these activities, which was duly assured by the Chairman.

Le Quang Long, Director General of the Department of External Relations of Ho Chi Minh City was also present.


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