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Japan assures continued development assistance

Jul 27, 2010 3:32:21 AM - itnnews.lk

Japan has assured Sri Lanka that Overseas Development Assistance will be continuously extended to the island in the fields of infrastructure and tourism.

This assurance has been given by Seiji Maehara Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to a Sri Lankan delegation

Ministers Prof. G. L. Peiris and Basil Rajapaksa are on a five day visit to Japan. The delegation told Japan that Sri Lanka has now entered a period of peace and political stability.

The Sri Lankan Ministers emphasized that the safety of tourists is now ensured in the country. The Ministers were also received in Tokyo by Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan and Honorary President of the Japan – Sri Lanka Association.

The Ministers engaged in wide ranging discussions with the former Prime Minister on all aspects of the relationship between the two countries.

During their stay, the two Ministers will also hold talks with Japan’s Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada to exchange views on bilateral relations and international issues.

They will also exchange views with Japanese Diet members, government officials, economic leaders, and others. The visit by the two Ministers is expected to help further enhance the strong and friendly relations between Japan and Sri Lanka.