State Minister Wijewardene meets Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister
General Prawit Wongsuwon
[October 10 2018]
The State Minister of Defence, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene,
making a four-day official visit left the country to the Kingdom of
Thailand on Monday (08 October). The State Minister is making the visit
upon an invitation extended by the Thai government.
The State Minister's delegation includes, the
Secretary to the State Ministry of Defence, Mr. Sunil Samaraweera and
several senior military officers.
During his visit to the Asian nation, State Minister
Wijewardene met the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of
Thailand Hon. General Prawit Wongsuwon, at the Ministry of Defence on
Tuesday (09). Mr. Sunil Samaraweera and Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne,
Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand also sat on the Sri Lankan side
during the talks.
During the ensuing discussion, the Thai Deputy Prime
Minister and Defence Minister expressed his gratitude to the State Minister for accepting the
invitation and making the visit to his country. He also mentioned of the
age old ties as both countries celebrate 60 years of diplomatic
relations. He much appreciated the warm hospitality extended by Sri
Lanka during the Thai Prime Minister's visit to the island in July, this
State Minister Wijewardene also thanked the Thai
government for the invitation to visit the country and also mentioned the age old cultural,
religious and trade ties that spans over centuries and also stressed the
importance to strengthen defence cooperation between both countries. The
State Minister highlighted Sri Lanka's potential as a future maritime
hub and its conducive geostrategic location in the region for
international trade and transport. He also conveyed his best wishes to
the host country as Thailand will take over the chair of the ASEAN in
The State Minister also visited several important
places during his visit to the Thai Kingdom.