Foreign Minister Kishida Pays a Courtesy Call to Prime Minister Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka
October 5, 2015
On October 5 at 10:30 am for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, paid a courtesy call on the Honorable Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, who is on an official working visit to Japan. The overview is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Minister Kishida offered his congratulations on the results of the free and fair democratic election in Sri Lanka that has seen the emergence of a new administration of a grand coalition, and expressed Japan’s intention to expand cooperation with Sri Lanka in its efforts to build a new nation. In response, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe expressed his appreciation to Japan for the assistance provided thus far, and also indicated his hope to further strengthen bilateral relations with Japan in the future, such as in enhancing trade, investment and other areas of economic relations.
2. Minister Kishida welcomed that the new administration of Sri Lanka encourages confidence building both within and outside the country for realizing national reconciliation and peacebuilding, and stated that Japan will continue to assist Sri Lanka in its efforts, as a true friend of the nation. In response, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe reiterated his commitment to realizing national reconciliation and peacebuilding under the new administration, and expressed his anticipation of Japan’s contributions to achieving peace and security in the international community.