Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh hosted a reception in Hanoi on May 27 for a delegation of the Sri Lanka – Vietnam Solidarity Association led by Most Venerable Baddegama Samitha Thero, member of the association’s Executive Board.

The host hailed the delegation’s visit as a contribution to reinforcing the traditional friendship between the two peoples.

She said both sides should facilitate all-level visits which will lay a foundation for deepening bilateral ties in the future, and believed that the Sri Lankan government and people will recover from the recent landslide that killed and injured hundreds of people.

Samitha Thero, who is also a member of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Politburo and the Southern Provincial Council of Sri Lanka, congratulated the host on her new position, which he said, has reflected Vietnam’s stance on enhancing women’s role in country leadership.

He wished that Vietnam and Sri Lanka would further increase people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples, aside from political, cultural and educational joint work.-VNA