(MENAFN- Colombo Gazette)
Vietnam wants to develop its bilateral relations with Sri Lanka more effectively, Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang said.
Tran Luu Quang met with President Ranil Wickremesinghe in Tokyo.
Talking to the Sri Lankan leader, Deputy PM Tran Luu Quang, who is paying a working visit to Japan, affirmed that Vietnam consistently attaches importance to the traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Sri Lanka and wishes to develop bilateral relations more effectively and substantively.
He suggested both countries promote partnerships in multiple aspects, including increasing all-level mutual visits and people-to-people exchange; effectively carrying out existing bilateral cooperation mechanisms, particularly the Joint Committee chaired by the two foreign ministries; signing cooperation documents on education, culture, and agriculture; and strengthen trade links to raise bilateral trade to 500 million USD in the near future.
Tran Luu Quang also called for expanding ties to other potential fields, opening direct air routes to boost tourism, and maintaining close coordination at regional and international forums, especially the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.
Recalling his impression during a visit to Vietnam as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, President Wickremesinghe underlined support for the countries' relations to develop more strongly and recommended that the two sides enhance cooperation in the economy, trade, investment, tourism, and climate change response, and at multilateral mechanisms.
He also shared his country's efforts and policies to surmount economic challenges, noting that during that process, it hopes to foster economic ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and take part in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), with Vietnam being a member of both. (Colombo Gazette / People's Army Newspaper)
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