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January, 24 2014 08:34:00

VN supports Sri Lanka development

President Truong Tan Sang receives Special Envoy D.E.W Gunasekera of the Sri Lankan President in Ha Noi yesterday.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang has affirmed Viet Nam's support for Sri Lanka's national development and reconciliation.

Receiving Special Envoy D.E.W Gunasekera of the Sri Lankan President in Ha Noi yesterday, the President praised Sri Lanka 's economic achievements and conveyed his wishes for the country's prosperous future.

President Sang also expressed sympathy over the challenges facing Sri Lanka and labelled embargo measures as old-fashioned and counter to the aspirations of citizens.

Sang also said co-operation enabling mutual economic development was now the major trend in globalisation, adding that Viet Nam and Sri Lanka had benefited from good political and diplomatic relations.

Looking to improve economic ties between the two countries, the President acknowledged that further efforts needed to be directed to improving trade and agricultural cooperation.

Speaking at the reception, Special Envoy Gunasekera said relations between Viet Nam and Sri Lanka had been enhanced by similarities between the two countries, with both having struggled with the difficulties of prolonged wars in the past.

He also said Sri Lanka had started efforts to rebuild and hoped to receive assistance from the international community, including co-operation with Viet Nam.

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Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meets Special Envoy D.E.W Gunasekera of the Sri Lankan President in Ha Noi yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

The Communist Party of Sri Lanka places importance on, and wants to further mutually beneficial ties, with its Vietnamese counterpart, said the top leader of the Sri Lankan Party.

Dew Gunasekara made the statement yesterday when meeting with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong during his working visit to Viet Nam.

He also expressed his pleasure at returning to Viet Nam and at the fine development of the two parties' relationship over the decades.

Gunasekara briefed the Vietnamese Party leader on his country's successes, as well as the challenges it faces, wishing Viet Nam, as a member of the UN Human Rights Council, would provide a fair voice on Sri Lanka's human rights issues.

For his part, General Secretary Trong thanked Sri Lanka for supporting Viet Nam in its bid to become a UN Human Rights Council member for the 2014-16 period, asserting Viet Nam will do its utmost to raise concerns about Sri Lanka's human rights issues based upon the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

The Party leader also extended greetings to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, affirming Viet Nam's hope to cement ties between the two parties in terms of high-level delegation exchanges and economic relations. — VNS

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