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President is ready to strengthen Japan Sri Lanka relations

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 26, 2019 13:02

President is ready to strengthen Japan Sri Lanka relations

President MaithripalaSirisena has pointed out that Sri Lanka is very keen to expand defence cooperation with Japan. He said this when Japanese State Minister of Defence, Kenji Harada called on him at the President’s Official Residence in Colombo today.

The President said that as both countries are interested in maritime security, Japan and Sri Lanka should further increase cooperation between the two navies to ensure international maritime security as well as safety and security of international waters. He thanked the visiting Japanese Minister for longstanding development assistance provided to Sri Lanka by Japan. The President Sirisena said that the existing close cooperation in naval sector should also be expanded to the army and the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two countries would be helpful for increasing cooperation.

Referring to the tripartite agreement reached between Sri Lanka, Japan and India to develop the Eastern Terminal of Colombo Port the President said that it was very important step to develop the capacity of the Port of Colombo.

State Minister Kenji Harada said that defence and economic cooperation between Japan and Sri Lanka has made rapid progress in recent years and said that the cooperation between two navies cover joint naval operations, training and logistics.

Secretary to the President, Udaya R Seniviratne and Japanese Ambassador Akira Sugiyama, were among those present.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 26, 2019 13:02