The Ambassador of Viet Nam to Sri Lanka Ho Thi Thanh Truc foresees many opportunities for Sri Lanka and Viet Nam to enhance bilateral relations in the coming years. She expressed these ideas when she called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (Oct. 19) afternoon.
The Ambassador said there is much potential to attract investments from Viet Nam to Sri Lanka. In 2019, the trade volume between the two countries stood at approximately US$ 300 million.
In additional to investments, the Ambassador also stressed her country’s interest in furthering Buddhist relations between Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.
Prime Minister Rajapaksa agreed that, given the historical Buddhist heritage of both countries, enhancing these ties could greatly benefit the people-to-people links between Sri Lanka and Viet Nam.
The Ambassador said that the Vietnamese Embassy is already working with Haritha TV on exchanging Buddhist programming. Other related ideas focused on establishing a Vietnamese Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka and the exchange of students and religious leaders between the two countries. Currently, there are approximately 100 Vietnamese Buddhist monks studying in Sri Lanka.
The Prime Minister and the Ambassador also discussed improving parliamentary relations between the two countries, through activities such as exchange visits of parliamentarians and continuing the ongoing cooperation at multilateral fora.
The Ambassador of Viet Nam assumed duties in Sri Lanka earlier this year in March.