President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday congratulated Japanís new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the assumption of office following his landslide victory at the recently concluded Parliamentary election.
Highlighting the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Japan,
President Rajapaksa expressed his hope that the bonds of friendship and close cooperation that exist between our two countries will continue to flourish.
Full text of the message:
His Excellency Shinzo Abe
Prime Minister of Japan
It gives me great pleasure to extend to you my sincere and warm congratulations on your assumption of office as the Prime Minister of Japan with a landslide victory in the recently concluded Parliamentary election.
Excellency, your election to the highest political office is a clear and compelling testimony of the confidence the people of Japan have placed on your leadership. Given your vast and highly impressive tenure in the political theatre, I am certain that your esteemed office would extend the guidance needed to achieve greater prosperity and contentment for the people of Japan.
It is my hope that the bonds of friendship and close cooperation that exist between our two countries will continue to flourish during your tenure of office as the Prime Minister of Japan.
Excellency, on this momentous occasion of celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries, I look forward to working closely with you to further enhance and strengthen our bilateral ties.
Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and success and the assurances of my highest consideration.