Sri Lanka -Japan relations will be even stronger in the years to come than it had been in the last sixty years, said Katsuya Okada, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan when he met Professor G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, at the Prime Ministerís Office in Tokyo.
At his meeting with Professor G. L. Peiris, the Deputy Prime Minister referred to the first hand impressions he had formed during his visit to Sri Lanka, including visits to Kilinochchi and Jaffna, in May this year. He said that the Government of Japan looks forward to close co-operation with Sri Lanka in respect of economic development and issues relating to reconciliation.
Japanís Deputy Prime Minister expressed appreciation of the blessings he had received at the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, and said that these blessings provided him with strength and encouragement as he addresses the crucial tasks in which he is at present engaged with regard to social security and tax reform in Japan.
Minister Peiris briefed Deputy Prime Minister Okada comprehensively on the work now in hand in Sri Lanka on implementing a wide range of recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.
Mr. Okada and Prof. Peiris, in their discussion, identified areas of collaboration, which are especially appropriate at this time.
Prof. Peiris also had discussions in Tokyo with Mr. Hirofumi Hirano, Japanís Minister of Education, Sports, Culture, Science and Technology, and President of the Japan- Sri Lanka Parliamentary League, said a statement from the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo.