Courtesy Call on Ms. Makiko Kikuta, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, by Admiral (Rtd.) Wasanta Karannagoda, Ambassador-designate of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Japan
April 13, 2011
- On Wednesday, April 13, Ms. Makiko Kikuta, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from H.E. Admiral (Rtd.) Wasanta Karannagoda, Ambassador-designate of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka to Japan, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- Ambassador-designate Karannagoda noted that Japan had supported Sri Lanka in various ways, and stated that, as Japan was faced with difficulties following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of Sri Lanka and its people expressed their solidarity with Japan and would provide all possible assistance. He explained that the Government of Sri Lanka had donated 1 million US dollars to the Japanese Red Cross Society and would provide 3 million tea bags to the affected people (*), and handed over a letter referring to the above assistance from Sri Lanka.
- In response, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Kikuta expressed her gratitude for the warm messages of sympathy and condolences from President Mahinda Rajapaksa, External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris and the people of Sri Lanka, and for the condolence ceremony led by President Rajapaksa, as well as the donation of 1 million US dollars and Sri Lankan tea offered by the Government of Sri Lanka. She added that Japan would further strengthen its cordial relationship with Sri Lanka as both countries will commemorate, in 2012, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations.
*On Thursday, April 7, Ambassador-designate Karannagoda handed over a check of 1 million US dollars to Mr. Tadateru Konoe, President of the Japan Red Cross Society, and the 3 million tea bags are to arrive at Yokohama Port in the end of April and will be transported to the affected areas.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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