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Korean Prime Minister Discusses Economic Opportunities and Bilateral Relations with Sri Lankan Counterpart

April 06, Colombo (LNW):A significant meeting between Korean Prime Minister Han Duck Soo and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena took place on April 4 at the Prime Minister’s Office in Seoul, paving the way for discussions on economic cooperation and bilateral relations between the two nations.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Han Duck Soo emphasized the potential for creating numerous job opportunities in Sri Lanka, spanning various sectors including agriculture, construction, health services, and professional services. As a member of the Paris Club, he reiterated Korea’s commitment to supporting Sri Lanka’s recovery from recent financial challenges and facilitating its future endeavors.

Prime Minister Han Duck Soo urged measures to streamline preliminary work for upcoming projects while reaffirming the implementation of existing agreements in renewable energy, fisheries, and joint investment areas. He emphasized the importance of expanding floating solar power installations, highlighting Korea’s interest in supporting sustainable energy initiatives in Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Han Duck Soo expressed Korea’s keen interest in promoting tourism between the two countries, acknowledging Sri Lanka as one of the world’s most attractive tourist destinations. He pledged support for facilitating more opportunities for Korean visitors to explore Sri Lanka’s rich cultural and natural heritage.

Reflecting on past collaborations, Prime Minister Han Duck Soo commended Sri Lanka’s initiative to include Korean language education in its curriculum during Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s tenure as Minister of Education. He also appreciated Sri Lanka’s support during the COVID-19 pandemic, underscoring the enduring friendship between the two nations.

The meeting was attended by high-ranking officials from both governments, including State Ministers Piyal Nishantha and Anupa Pasqual, MP Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Sri Lankan Ambassador to South Korea Savithri Panabokke, and Media Secretary to the Prime Minister Lalith Rohan Liyanage, signifying the mutual commitment to strengthening diplomatic ties and fostering economic cooperation between Sri Lanka and Korea.

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