Akashi appreciates efforts to achieve national reconciliation

Ambassador Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace- building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, has appreciated the efforts of the new Government to achieve national reconciliation.He said this when he met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva in Japan, the Foreign Ministry said today. During the visit, the Deputy Minister also had bilateral discussion with his counterpart Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.They exchanged views on areas of mutual interest including trade, investment, development cooperation, maritime security and defense cooperation between the two countries. The Deputy Minister also met with Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. In response, Ambassador Akashi appreciated the efforts of the new Government to achieve national reconciliation and stated that that the Government of Japan would extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in the reconciliation process. Dr. Harsha de Silva briefed Akashi on the measures being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka on the reconciliation process. Madam Yuko Obuchi, Secretary General of Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary League also called on the Deputy Minister during the visit and they discussed on the areas of mutual interest.The Deputy Minister also met with Hideaki Domichi, Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Satoshi Shimomura, Executive Vice President, and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Norihiro Kono, President of Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) and briefed on the favorable investment climate in Sri Lanka and invited foreign direct investments. Deputy Minister also attended the meeting arranged by Haruo Tanabe, Managing Director of Hitachi Corporation. The discussion was focused on advancing the Metro transportation and connectivity in the country. The Company highlighted the possibility of introducing Japanese Technology in the areas of Transportation, Communication and Power Systems and their willingness to enhance the cooperation with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)

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