A Korean Foreign Minister visits Sri Lanka after thirty one years

A Korean Foreign Minister visits Sri Lanka after thirty one years

Written by Keshala Dias

15 Mar, 2017 | 8:46 pm

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-se who is on an official visit in country, met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera, today, March 15.

This is the first visit of a Korean Foreign Minister to Sri Lanka in thirty-one years, since 1986.

The visit marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.The visiting Foreign Minister was accorded a ceremonial welcome to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Byung-se was accompanied by the Korean Ambassador to Sri Lanka Chang Won-sam.Thereafter, Minister Byung-se, held bilateral talks with Minister Mangala Samaraweera with Minister Lakshman Kiriella and Deputy Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva in attendance.

The two Foreign Ministers unveiled a logo to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Thereafter, they signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute and the Korea National Diplomatic Academy.

Subsequent to his meeting with Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Minister Yun Byung-se called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at Temple Trees.

Minister Byung-se had expressed the South Korean government’s willingness to invest in the fields of research and development, information technology, health and education.

While recalling the forty-year old diplomatic ties between the two countries, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requested the South Korean Foreign Minister for the required assistance in modernising the National Institute of Education and vocational training and e-library services.

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