The Second Round of Political Consultations between Sri Lanka and Viet Nam was held recently in Hanoi.
Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama Secretary, External Affairs of Sri Lanka led the Sri Lankan delegation with Dr. K. G. Ivan Amarasinghe, the Ambassador in Viet Nam in attendance. Ms. Nguyen Phuong Nga, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam led the Vietnamese delegation with Mr. Vuong Hai Nam, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Viet Nam in attendance. The consultations were held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, stated the Ministry of External Affairs.
Reminiscing the historical and cultural similarities of the two countries and their peoples, the two sides discussed issues ranging from political to economic in the regional and international fora, and resolved to work together in pursuing their common goals of interest.
Both sides noted with appreciation the continued and steady growth of bilateral relations between the two countries in recent years and the high level interactions between the State Leaders through reciprocal visits which had given the necessary impetus to strengthen and consolidate the existing ties, the Ministry further said.
The 3rd Session of the Joint Commission between the two countries, held on July 2012 had been a catalyst in identifying areas for co-operation with a contemporary relevance. Accordingly, the current state of the bilateral relations on Political, Economic, Trade & Investment, Security & Defence; Agriculture, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Oil & Gas, Education & Training, Legal & Judicial, Financial, Cultural, Air services and Tourism were reviewed extensively.
While observing the progress in each of these areas both sides agreed to continue their constructive engagement in each field to achieve tangible benefits for both countries.
The institution of a Sub Committee on Trade and Investment under the framework of the Joint Commission was proposed. In strengthening people to people contact and accelerating tourism co-operation both sides discussed issues pertaining to easing the documentary procedure for travel between the two countries particularly in the context of addressing any related impediments.
Both sides agreed on an early conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between The LakshmanKadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) and the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Namas a stepping stone for facilitating exchanges between academics and the think-tanks of the two countries.
The next round of Political Consultations is scheduled for 2014 in Colombo.