Vietnam, Sri Lanka to look forward comprehensive ties

18:26 | 15/10/2011
Vietnam and Sri Lanka agreed to work together to upgrade the bilateral ties to a comprehensive level.
State President Truong Tan Sang (L) and Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa, Colombo capital, Sri Lanka, October 14, 2011 – Photo: VNA.

The agreement was reached between Vietnamese State President Truong Tan Sang and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during their talks held in Colombo capital on Friday.

Visiting State President Sang said he believed that his visit to Sri Lanka would help boost the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Both sides agreed to speed up exchanges of high-ranking and ministerial-level delegations, and lift up the two way trade volume to $1 billion in the years to come.

The two leaders spoke highly of cooperation in agriculture and national defense between the two countries.

Regarding multilateral issues, Vietnam and Sri Lanka have effectively coordinated in such forums like the UN, Non-aligned Movement, South-South Cooperation, Colombo Plan, and the World Trade Organization.

Sri Lanka recognized Vietnam’s market economy status and voiced support for Vietnam to become a member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2013-2016.

After the talks, State President Sang and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa witnessed the signing of eight cooperative documents regarding cooperation in manufacturing, national defense, finance, political consultation, bilateral investment encouragement, education, oil and gas.

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