July 25, 2010 (LBO) – Vietnam will open an embassy in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo in early 2011, a joint statement following a meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of a regional group meeting said. Minister Gunawardena had requested co-operation from Vietnam in security intelligence to combat activities of the remnants of Tamil Tigers in East Asia.
Sri Lanka’s deputy foreign minister Gitanjana Gunawardena led a delegation to the Association of South East Asian Nations Regional Form, a grouping of 27 countries which co-operate on regional security issue which met in Hanoi this week.
Sri Lanka has had diplomatic relations with Vietnam for 40 years, and the Colombo mission and Vietnam was ready to re-open the Colombo embassy “early next year” the statement quoted deputy foreign minister of Vietnam Dao Viet Trung as saying.
Sri Lanka has expressed appreciation for assistance from Vietnam in demining war-torn areas in the island, the statement said. Sri Lanka emerged from a 30-year war last May with the wiping out of the leadership of Tamil Tiger guerillas in their last holdout.