His sentiments were reciprocated by Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
Minister Samaraweera was accompanied on the visit by the Minister of Foreign Employment Thalatha Atukorale, demonstrating the importance attached to labour relations with Korea by the Sri Lankan Government, a statement by the Embassy of Sri Lanka read.
During bilateral discussions, the two Foreign Ministers underscored the importance of Sri Lanka – Korea relations which are longstanding.
They also discussed the further consolidation of bilateral ties, including the exchange of high-level visits, in the context of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations scheduled for 2017. Minister Samaraweera underscored the interest of Sri Lanka to broaden and deepen economic relations with Korea, with particular emphasis on investment and trade.
This was the first official visit to Korea by a Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka since the inauguration of the Government in 2015.