Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI – Việt Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe expressed determination to elevate the two countries’ relations during talks in Hà Nội yesterday. The two PMs expressed their satisfaction over the growing friendship and co-operation between Việt Nam and Sri Lanka over the past 47 years since they established diplomatic ties in July 1970. They agreed to boost cooperation in politics and external affairs via increasing high-level delegation exchanges and promoting relations between the parties, states and parliaments. The leaders agreed on the need to effectively implement bilateral co-operation mechanisms, including organising the fourth meeting of the joint committee and the third political consultation this year. They pledged to step up collaboration in security-defence and share information and experience in legal execution, combating cross-border crime, addressing post-war consequences and joining UN peacekeeping activities. To realise the two-way trade target of US$1 billion in the coming years, the two sides vowed to urge agencies to map out measures to deepen bilateral co-operation in fields such as oil and gas, infrastructure, information technology and communication, garment-textile, farm produce processing and distribution, and seafood. The PMs agreed to implement the agreement on investment encouragement and protection and sign new co-operation deals for new circumstances. They were committed to prioritising co-operation in other important fields such as energy, tourism, education, human resources development, and cultural exchanges. They stressed the importance of aviation connectivity, which will help promote bilateral trade, tourism and people-to-people exchanges….