Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam and Sri Lanka should promote cooperation in various sectors, including culture, thus enhancing cultural exchanges between the two nations, said a Sri Lankan expert.

At a workshop held by the Institute of Archeology under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences in Hanoi on January 28, Bindu Urugodawatte, also a Buddhist archeologist, said that her country was once a centre of Buddhist religion and culture, and Buddhism has played an important part in the nation’s politics, society and culture in the past thousands of years.

Participants at the event said that the oceanic Silk Road lends credence to the existence of the association between the two countries over millennia. The road not only facilitates trade but it also offers a journey of diverse cultures and religions.

Dr. Nguyen Gia Doi, Acting Director of the Institute of Archeology, underlined that the Silk Road has existed for thousands of years and passed through many different empires and nations, including Vietnam and Sri Lanka, where Buddhism has been well developing.

He expressed his hope that the bilateral ties will be strengthened during the integration process.-VNA