Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Taro Kono has assured Sri Lanka that his government will continue development cooperation with Sri Lanka and extend full assistance for infrastructure development in the island nation.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, who undertook an official visit to Sri Lanka from 4-6 January, Friday met with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Sri Lankan counterpart Tilak Marapana in Colombo.
During the meeting with the President at the Presidential Secretariat, today, Foreign Minister Kono said the Government of Japan is ready to provide its fullest support for the development and reconciliation process of Sri Lanka.
Recalling the existing friendly and cordial relations between the two countries, Minister Kono assured that development cooperation with Sri Lanka would continue. Minister Kono also indicated the desire of the government of Japan to extend assistance for infrastructure development in Sri Lanka.
Minister Kono said that already there is an excellent trade relationship between the two countries and a special delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka at the end of this month to further explore business and investment opportunities in the country.
President Sirisena, recalling the historic friendship between the two countries, extended his gratitude for the continuous support Japan has given to Sri Lanka as a true friend.
The President appreciated the support given to Sri Lanka, especially in the fields of education, agriculture, health, cultural as well as for the assistance in developing the infrastructure facilities of the country.
The President also thanked the government of Japan for rendering great support locally as well as internationally during the past conflict period and extended his special thanks for the warm welcome he was accorded in Japan when he visited to attend the G7 summit.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tilak Marapana hosted a working luncheon in honor of the visiting Japanese Foreign Minister during which the two Foreign Ministers discussed matters of mutual interest, including the promotion of investment and trade and economic, agriculture, science and technology, defense and maritime cooperation as well as cooperation in regional and multilateral fora.
The two Ministers also stressed the importance of seaport connectivity for trade and economic development of both countries.
The working luncheon was attended by Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Special Assignments; Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management; Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries and Prasad Kariyawasam, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Both Foreign Ministers welcomed the proposed visit by the Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship League to Sri Lanka from 8-10 January 2018 and the visit by the delegation of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 25-26 January 2018, and underlined the importance of such visits in deepening the bilateral cooperation and understanding.
The two Ministers agreed on the need for full implementation of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions with regard to North Korea.