Oct 18, Colombo: The government of South Korea has commended the progress of Sri Lanka in recent years and has expressed its wish to expand the scope of cooperation at all levels.
South Korea's Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Thursday discussed ways to boost bilateral relations and cooperation in economic, regional and global issues with his counterpart from Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris, the External Affairs Ministry said.
The bilateral talks took place on the sidelines of the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace, which ran for two days through Friday in Seoul.
At the meeting, Yun and Peiris reviewed the two countries' relations and discussed ways to strengthen high-level dialogue and collaboration in trade and investment, development, labor and culture.
The two sides at the bilateral meeting inter alia discussed the enhanced Korean support for the development of the Sri Lankan economy, the significant development assistance given to Sri Lanka by KOICA, the development arm of the Korean government, Korean participation in infrastructure projects and waste disposal in an urban environment, and increasing employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in the Republic of Korea.
Participation of Korean companies in the Commonwealth Business Forum, to be held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka next month was also discussed.
Foreign Minister Yun commending the progress of Sri Lanka in recent years, expressed the wish of the Korean government to expand the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The Korean President Park Geun-hye Thursday welcomed fourteen foreign ministers, including the External Affairs Minister of Sri Lanka, attending the conference in Seoul, and engaged in wide ranging discussions with them.