VN, Sri Lanka hold third political consultation
16:03 | 12/04/2018

VGP – Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy and his Sri Lankan counterpart Sumith Nakandala co-chaired the third Viet Nam-Sri Lanka political consultation in Colombo on April 11.

The meeting saw the participation of representatives of 15 Sri Lankan ministries and agencies. 

The two sides discussed cooperative areas and consented to launch measures to promote the two nations’ relations in the upcoming time.  

Both sides consented to organize the second meeting of the Sub-Committee on Trade Cooperation in Viet Nam to reach the set target of US$1 billion in two-way trade in 2020 as well as facilitate their businesses to seek partnership, especially in tea, pharmaceuticals, garment, telecommunications, aquatic farming and processing, logistics, education, oil and gas, and construction material production.

The two sides consented to realize signed agreements on security and defense cooperation and vowed to boost ties in culture and tourism.

Viet Nam and Sri Lanka agreed to continue working closely together and supporting each other at regional and international forums. Sri Lanka noted down Viet Nam’s proposal to support Viet Nam’s bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure. 

Sri Lanka also affirmed the significance of maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea, maritime and aviation freedom and unhindered trade activities, as well as the settlement of disputes through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982.

The occasion, Deputy Foreign Minister Quy paid a courtesy call to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana.

By Hoang Ha

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