South Korean President Moon Jae-in has asked for Sri Lanka's support in ending North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations, calling the North's latest missile test staged earlier in the day a grave challenge to global peace, the Korea Herald reported today.
President Moon said he strongly condemn North Korea's ‘reckless provocation’ that raises tension on the Korean Peninsula and seriously threatens international peace and stability.
“Our government will do its utmost to strongly and firmly deal with such provocations to the end together with Sri Lanka and all other countries,” he said.
President Moon and President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday agreed to further improve bilateral ties, enhance economic and diplomatic cooperation to boost bilateral trade apart from peacefully resolving the North Korean nuclear issue.
The agreement was made during a summit held between the two Presidents at the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
President Moon has expressed gratitude for what he called Sri Lanka's support and cooperation in dealing with the North Korean nuclear issue, Cheong Wa Dae has said in a press release.
According to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports, President Moon has said their government was actively pursuing the New South Policy that seeks to ensure peace and co-prosperity of a joint community through cooperation with Southeast and Southwest Asian countries.
“As Sri Lanka is an important partner in our New South Policy, I wish the two countries will pool their wisdom and strength to ensure peace not only in Sri Lanka but also in our entire region,” he said.
President Sirisena was quoted as saying Sri Lanka would continue to fully implement UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea.
"Another thing I wish to stress is that Sri Lanka will always support South Korea on both domestic and international issues. I believe what you Mr. President declared in Berlin will contribute greatly to establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula, and I support them," he said.
President Sirisena arrived in Seoulon Tuesday on a three-day state visit. He is the third foreign leader to make a state visit to South Korea since Moon's inauguration.
Wednesday's summit also followed what Cheong Wa Dae called a friendly meeting between the two leaders on Tuesday, when the South Korean president accompanied the Sri Lankan leader on a brief visit to a Buddhist temple in Seoul.
In their first bilateral summit, the two leaders noted their countries' relationship has steadily developed over the last four decades since they established diplomatic ties in 1977 and agreed to continue building their cooperative relationship as partners for peace and prosperity.
To this end, the leaders agreed to increase exchanges between their ranking government officials and boost cooperation in the defense industry.
According to Cheong Wa Dae, Seoul would also increase its low-interest loans to Sri Lanka under its Economic Development Cooperation Fund to US$500 million from the current $300 million in the 2017-2019 period.
“In addition, the two leaders agreed to work together to make sure Sri Lankan workers in South Korea under the country's Employment Permit System will serve as a bridge between the two countries, and expand the countries' exchanges in the cultural and tourism sectors," it said noting there were currently around 30,000 Sri Lankan workers in South Korea.
See the knock on effect of a Non White Country Challenging the West. Even our President is gaining some Power and that gives some status to Sri Lanka. I want every Sri Lankan to understand this.
Aruna Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:38 PM
This is just a common request they make from all countries to build an alliance but not from Sri Lanka or your president considering in person!
BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:41 PM
Sirisena is going their to request financial and development support to a financial dead nation. S.Korea in return is asking for support from SL for a problem that they are facing with a neighborly nation many thousands of miles from SL. Their is nothing great in that.
Dinesh Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:59 PM
Aruna Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:43 PM
North Korea cares not any poor alliances until their country and the people are respected and accepted as same as other privileged country.
ceylon Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:41 PM
ha ha ha.sirisena to stop north korean provocations.sirisena cant stop even a student protest in colombo. via DM Android App
Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 29 November 2017 05:56 PM
Blinded in the blind .
chunk of Banana Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:55 PM
he he what Sri LAnka can do for noth Korea. Its a very powerful country. America also afraid for their test. Sri Lanka is nothing for them its like chunk of banana.
Kadiya Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:59 PM
Mobilise Gota and send him to N. Korea!!!!!
nalla Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:06 PM
Sri Lanka can end suicide missions but in case of nuclear it may blast everything.
Sharon Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:17 PM
Now only Jae-in told it to the right man. See what will happen to NK from tomorrow. God bless you Kim...
NEIL Wednesday, 29 November 2017 01:36 PM
He cannot stop a simple but illegal protest , but North Korea.
kumar Wednesday, 29 November 2017 06:09 PM
Send our Field Marshall.
Sincere Wednesday, 29 November 2017 06:56 PM
The ideal person for the job, whom SK President is not aware of so far is our able WW!
TInkiriya Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:50 PM
This joker cannot even stop racial provocation and hate speech in his own country that has led to communal and race riots!
Don Wednesday, 29 November 2017 08:59 PM
"Suddanta enda kiyamu" song popped into my mind. Am I dreaming? Now S.Korea asked SL help to resolve NK problem...
Chaminda Wednesday, 29 November 2017 09:11 PM
SK president dreaming about the support we given to Japan after WW2. That was JR but not MY3. JR was a great speaker who changed UN;s ideology that time. NK is totally different figure further we put sanctions against them.
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