78 years ago, on September 2, 1945, our national hero and the great man of cultural of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh, declared the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This pivotal moment not only commemorates the establishment of an independent and unified Vietnam but also honors the sacrifices of countless freedom fighters in the pursuit of national liberation.
Embracing the principle that “Nothing is more precious than Independence and Freedom,” the Vietnamese people have protected their nation and rebuilt it from the ashes. They’ve defended independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, self-determination and secured freedom and happiness for the people. Moreover, they’ve actively contributed to peace, stability, cooperation, and development regionally and globally.
Remarkably, 37 years after initiating the Doi Moi reforms, Vietnam has achieved significant and historic triumphs in every domain. The continuous growth of its economy, along with global investments, technological progress, and social advancements exemplify the nation’s upward trajectory.
Today, Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world with a population of nearly 100
million and a per-capita income exceeding USD 3,600. Lives of the people are consistently
improving while a business-friendly environment is cultivated. Political and social stability is also
maintained as foreign relations and international integration expand. The United Nations has
recognized Vietnam as a leader in accomplishing Millennium Development Goals – particularly in
poverty reduction, gender equality, healthcare, and education.
The development of Vietnam is closely tied to regional and global peace and stability. As a good
friend, reliable partner, and active and responsible member of the international community, Vietnam
collaborates with other nations to promote globalization and international integration.
With deep-rooted traditional connections span across hundreds of years even before the
establishment of formal relations, Sri Lanka has always been an important partner to Vietnam. Since
the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1970, both countries have supported each other’s socioeconomic development while coordinating at international organizations and multilateral forums.
The political trust between the two nations has deepened through consistent delegation exchanges
and high-level meetings. In recent years, numerous high-level visits have facilitated political
dialogue and provided opportunities to strengthen economic and cultural ties.
The establishment of the Joint Committee on Economy, Science, and Technology, along with the
Sub Commission on Trade, has facilitated trade and opened new doors for collaboration in sectors
such as agriculture, energy, education, tourism, etc. Important bilateral agreements have been
reached in fields like economics, trade, agriculture, fisheries, education, and culture.
In recent years, the shared Buddhist and cultural heritage between Vietnam and Sri Lanka has been a
bright spot. The statue of President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam corner established at the Colombo
Public Library in 2013 symbolize our nations’ close social and cultural ties. Other highlights in our
Buddhist and cultural cooperation include MoUs on Buddhist Cooperation with a focus on templeto-temple engagements, land granted for Vietnamese Temple and Cultural Centre construction in Sri
Lanka, gifting sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree saplings to Tam Truc Pagoda and Bai Dinh Pagoda
in Vietnam, and high-level Buddhist exchange delegations in 2022 and 2023.
People-to-people ties are crucial in our two countries’ relationship. Academic exchange programs,
business forums, and cultural events like food festivals and film shows have fostered goodwill across
The Vietnamese community in Sri Lanka also plays a vital role in fostering understanding and
cooperation at all levels. An increased number of Vietnamese students—including Buddhist monks
and nuns—are pursuing higher studies in Sri Lanka. While studying, they engage in numerous social
activities to support local communities.
Sri Lanka-Vietnam Solidarity Association is another replica of the forever strong people-to-people
relations between our two countries. In addition to various activities promoting trade and other
means of corporation, they collaborates with the Embassy of Vietnam every year in commemorating
many memorable occasions including the birth anniversary of the late President Ho Chi Minh and
Vietnam National Day.
The revival of the Sri Lanka – Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship group further facilitates the
legislative exchanges which deepen ties between the two countries.
Vietnam remains forever grateful to the government and people of Sri Lanka for their unwavering
support during our struggle for national independence and in our ongoing efforts to construct and
develop the country. Recognizing Sri Lanka’s steadfast support, the Vietnamese government and
people also continue to stand by Sri Lanka in times of adversity. To address the recent economic
crisis affected Sri Lankans, Vietnam has mobilized various forms of assistance, including medical
supplies, necessities, and funds aimed at supporting the most vulnerable.
With strong bonds that unite us, I reaffirm Vietnam’s unwavering commitment to fostering the
traditional friendship with Sri Lanka, while promoting multifaceted cooperation between our nations.
By leveraging each country’s potential, capabilities, and advantages, we can forge more effective and
substantive development based on our shared interests, ultimately benefiting both of our peoples and
making valuable contributions towards addressing global issues.
Long live Vietnam – Sri Lankan Friendship!
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