Friday, 26/5/2017
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe paid an official visit to Vietnam
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during his working visit to Vietnam. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the welcoming ceremony and held talk withPrime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, visited Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, met with President Tran Dai Quang and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and attended the Vietnam-Sri Lank Investment Forum. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe laid wreaths at the Monument of Heroes andMartyrs and paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum.

At the meetings with Vietnamese leaders, both sides were delighted with the growing traditional friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries over the past 47 years.They asserted that the sentiments and valuable assistance to each other have provided a solid foundation for the two countries to intensify and deepen their ties in the future.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc congratulated the Government of National Unity and the people of Sri Lanka on their important achievements in national reconstruction and reconciliation, step by step bringing Sri Lanka to stable development. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also expressed his hope that Sri Lanka, with its geographical location, would play an important role as the economic hub of the Indian Ocean region.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe praised President Ho Chi Minh's leadership in the struggle for national independence in Vietnam, congratulated Vietnam for its important achievements in socio-economic development. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wished Vietnam successes in realizing its goal of becoming a developed industrialized country.

The two sides agreed to further promote closer political relations, affirmed the importance of enhancing high-level visits and exchanges of delegations at all levels, among ministries, sectors, localities and exchanges of people between the two countries. The two sides agreed to encourage the exchange of artistic performances and culture in order to enable further understanding between the two countries.

The two sides affirmed their commitments to intensify cooperation in the field of national defense and security through the effective implementation of the 2011 Memorandum of Understanding on Defense Cooperation, strengthening the exchange of delegations, exchange of experiences in joining the UN peacekeeping force. The two sides agreed to step up cooperation on defense research through the exchange of delegations between the Vietnam Defense Academy and Kothalawala National Defense Academy.

The two sides agreed on major directions to bring bilateral relations to new heights, agreed to delegate the relevant agencies of the two countries to propose measures to deepen existing cooperation areas and expand the areas of cooperation that the two sides have potential, review and effectively implement the signed documents and agreements, consider amending and signing new documents in line with the new situation, further promote closer political relations between Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

The two sides reached consensus to effectively implement the Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Investment Cooperation signed between the Foreign Investment Agency of Vietnam and the Sri Lankan Investment Committee in 2011, enhance cooperation, and share experiences and techniques for agro-fishery development, considering the Work Plan for Fisheries Cooperation between the two countries is a road map for this direction, and aviation connection is a solution to promote the potential of tourism cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation in other potential areas such as education and training, human resources development, cooperation in information technology through the early signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Information and Communication, share best practices in the field of environment through the early signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of environment, and promote cooperation in fisheries and agriculture. The two sides also agreed to enhance cooperation on women's empowerment, poverty reduction, and housing for low-income earners and social welfare for disadvantaged people. Vietnam took note of Sri Lanka's proposal for a "Framework Agreement on South-South Socio-Economic Co-operation."

The two sides applauded and confirmed to work closely together to contribute positively to promote ASEAN and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)’s cooperation and connectivity in all aspects for the sake of peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia. Vietnam acknowledged Sri Lankan proposal to support Sri Lanka as a dialogue partner by sectors of ASEAN and encouraged Sri Lanka to promote concrete and effective cooperation with ASEAN in the near future.

The two sides emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, freedom of navigation, aviation and free trade without obstruction, resolving disputes and differences through peaceful means in accordance with international law.

On this occasion, the two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of the following documents: Agreement on Educational Cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam and the Ministry of Higher Education and Road Transport of Sri Lanka, Action Plan on Agricultural Cooperation for the period 2017-2019 between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam and the Ministry of Agriculture of Sri Lanka.

Synthesized from VNA by editor