Statement by Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Presidential Election in Sri Lanka

January 29, 2010

  1. Japan congratulates on Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s reelection as the president of Sri Lanka in the presidential election held on January 26.

  2. Japan hopes that the Government of Sri Lanka will swiftly complete the resettlement of internally-displaced persons, which has made progress since last October, and that the people of Sri Lanka will unite in to reconstruct the economy. Japan also strongly expects that, under the leadership of President Rajapaksa, the Government of Sri Lanka will steadily and swiftly carry forward political processes for national reconciliation.

  3. Japan will support efforts by the Government of Sri Lanka from the above-mentioned perspective.