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Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 5.00 GMT
Japanese PM concludes Sri Lanka visit


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded his two-day state visit to Sri Lanka.

Before departing Sri Lanka, the Japanese Prime Minister visited Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya.

During his overnight visit, Prime Minister Abe had paid tribute to a former Sri Lanka President J. R. Jayewardene, who was cremated at the temple grounds in 1996.

The former President late Jayewardene had made an impassioned plea on behalf of Japan at the 1951 Peace Treaty signing in San Francisco which officially ended World War II, and demanded war reparations.

He declined compensation from Japan, which had carried out several aerial bombing raids in Colombo and the eastern port city of Trincomalee, a strategic staging post for allied troops.

After the San Francisco treaty, Tokyo became a strong political and economic ally of Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Abe is the first Japanese premier to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, and follows his grandfather and then prime minister, Nobusuke Kishi, who paid an official visit in 1957 to Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon.

The Japanese Prime Minister who arrived in the country on Sunday and President Mahinda Rajapaksa jointly inaugurated jointly inaugurated the construction work of Phase 2 of Bandaranaike International Airport Development Project.

During his visit four bilateral agreements were also signed between Sri Lanka and Japan.




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