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Monday, July 29, 2013 - 07.38 GMT

Sri Lanka and Japan Discuss Further Strengthening of Economic Ties


Japanís Minister of Internal Affairs and Communication Mr. Yoshitaka Shindo called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidentís House this morning.

The discussion focused on existing collaborations between the two countries while also developing new ways of further strengthening economic ties, including in the communications sector.

Mr. Shindo also thanked Sri Lanka for its support and assistance in the aftermath of the tsunami in 2011, noting how much the people of Japan appreciated it.

In March of this year, during a visit to Japan, President Rajapaksa held bilateral discussions with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. The Japanese government committed to a total of Rs. 57.8 billion in development aid to Sri Lanka. Since then, this is the second high-level visit of a Japanese government official. In May of this year, Japanís Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso visited Sri Lanka and met President Rajapaksa.

Minister of Mass Media and Information Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Monitoring Member of Parliament of the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sajin de Vass Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information Mr. Charitha Herath, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne and Sri Lankaís Ambassador in Japan Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda also joined the discussion.




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