External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris met Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo today and briefed him on the developments in Sri Lanka.The External Affairs Ministry said that Minister Peiris provided his Japanese counterpart with a detailed account of the current developments in Sri Lanka in respect of all aspects of revival of the economy and the continuing reconciliation process. Gemba meanwhile said Japan appreciated the progress made by Sri Lanka in many sectors since the end of the conflict, and stands ready to work closely with Sri Lanka in addressing the tasks that lie ahead. He also thanked the government of Japan for its consistent support of Sri Lanka during the sixty years of diplomatic relations. Japan’s Foreign Minister also referred to the scope available between the two countries in such areas as tourism, with tourism from Japan having increased by 45% last year, maritime security, solar power projects, and digital broadcasting.The two Ministers discussed in detail specific programmes of collaboration to cement an already strong relationship, with Japan’s Foreign Minister assuring his colleague of the resolve of his government to work with Sri Lanka in a spirit of sustained partnership.
Peiris briefs Japan on developments