Vietnamese Ambassador expresses confidence in strengthening bilateral relations with Sri Lanka

Vietnamese Ambassador expresses confidence in strengthening bilateral relations with Sri Lanka

Wednesday October 20, 2021, 9:00 p.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

October 20, Colombo: Vietnam’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Ho Thi Thanh Truc visited Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon (20).

During the meeting, the Vietnamese Ambassador expressed his confidence that there are many opportunities to strengthen bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Vietnam in the years to come. She said there is a lot of potential for Sri Lanka to attract investment opportunities from Vietnam.

In 2019 alone, trade between the two countries exceeded $ 300 million, the ambassador said.

In addition to the investments, the ambassador said her country wants to strengthen Buddhist relations between Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

Accepting the suggestion, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that bilateral relations could be established in a way that is important to the peoples of the two countries on the basis of their historical Buddhist heritage.

Ms. Truc said that the exchange of Buddhist programs with Haritha TV has already started.

The discussion between the Prime Minister and the Vietnamese envoy focused on the establishment of a Vietnamese Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka and the exchange of academic programs between religious leaders and students of the two countries. It was also mentioned that around 100 Vietnamese Buddhist monks are currently studying in Sri Lanka.

Attention was also drawn to the organization of study observation tours for parliamentarians to improve parliamentary relations between the two countries, and the continuation of existing cooperation programs between the two countries.

Ms. Ho Thi Thanh Truc has been Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Sri Lanka since March 2021.

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