Locsin vows deeper PH-Sri Lanka ties

DEEPER TIES WITH SRI LANKA. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. delivers his speech at Sri Lanka’s 72nd Independence Day celebration on Wednesday night (Feb. 5, 2020). Locsin announced that ties between the countries will mark another milestone with the opening of the Philippine Embassy in Colombo this year. (PNA photo by Joyce Rocamora)

 Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has vowed to pursue deeper Philippines and Sri Lanka ties as he congratulated the South Asian nation on its 72nd Independence Day.

Locsin, in a reception hosted by the Sri Lankan Embassy on Wednesday night, underscored the expanding relations between the two states since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1961.

“The friendship between the Philippines and Sri Lanka and our people have grown stronger through six decades of diplomatic ties,” he said in his speech.

“I take this opportunity to reiterate my personal commitment and that of my government to continue fostering deeper ties between the Philippines and Sri Lanka,” he added.

The two nations last year inked at least five agreements in the field of defense, tourism, education, and agriculture when Sri Lanka’s former president Maithripala Sirisena visited Manila.

Since then, engagements between Manila and Colombo had evidently increased as reflected in the historic stop of two Philippine Navy ships bound for the Middle at the latter’s East Container Terminal late January.

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