External Affairs Minister Professor G L Peiris said Sri Lanka's hosting of the current session of the third Joint Commission between Sri Lanka and Thailand signifies the renewed vigour with which we pursue our bilateral relations as they provide a unique platform to further consolidate and expand our traditional
Friendship with Thailand.
Minister Peiris was speaking at a ceremony to welcome Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand T .Surapong and to announce the successful conclusion of the 3rd Joint Commission between Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Minister Peiris said under the framework of the Joint Commission it is expected exploring the possibility of increasing trade volume up to 1 billion dollars within the next 3-5 years.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan, Taro Aso, who arrived in Colombo on a two-day official visit called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday at the President's House.
During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a number of issues of mutual interest.