Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada who was on a two-day state visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of the government called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Janadhipathi Mandiraya in Kandy on Friday (04).
Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Acting External Affairs Minister Neomal Perera welcomed the visiting Japanese leader at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.
During his meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister, President Rajapaksa has apprised him of the developments in the country and informed the Deputy PM that the government has been able to resolve over sixty percent of the problems faced by the people in the Northern and Eastern provinces. The Japanese Deputy Prime Minister has said that he will travel to the North and East to observe firsthand the progress in those areas and submit his findings to the Japanese parliament.
The External Affairs Ministry has said that Okada is scheduled to have a breakfast meeting with Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne and visit the Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project. He is also expected to meet several government parliamentarians.
This is the first time that a high level Japanese representative was visiting Sri Lanka after several years, the Ministry has said.
The Deputy prime Minister's visit is expected to further strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries.