Japanese Prime Minister calls on President Sirisena;pledges billions in support of development

Japanese Prime Minister calls on President Sirisena;pledges billions in support of development

Japanese Prime Minister calls on President Sirisena;pledges billions in support of development

Written by Tharushan Fernando

28 May, 2016 | 7:21 pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling President Maithripala Sirsena today, has offered a 51 Billion rupees development loan to Sri Lanka as well as several other economic benefits.

President Maithripala Sirisena was extended an official invitation from Japanese Prime Minister Abe to attend the G7 Outreach Summit in Japan.The Official meeting between the President and the Japanese Prime Minister took place today. During the meet, Japanese Prime Minister offered a Yen 38 billion ODA loan to Sri Lanka for water purification projects for Kidney diseases and establishment of electricity transmission lines connecting the entire country.

Efforts undertaken by Sri Lanka to bring about National reconciliation was commended by the Japanese Prime Minister.

The Japanese Prime Minister had also expressed his pleasure for Sri Lanka’s decision to adopt the Japanese system of Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting and agreed on the establishment of a bilateral Joint Committee to facilitate implementation of the project and holding the first meeting of the committee in June. Both leaders recognized the importance of port development in Sri Lanka, and President Sirisena expressed his appreciation for the Japanese assistance provided thus far in this respect

President Maithripala Sirisena met with Sri Lankans living in Japan in Nagoya last evening where stated that national Unity cannot be strengthened with cement , bricks , iron and sand and as a new Government , various accusations are leveled by political opponents when undertaking programs.

“They say that we are trying to divide the country, separate the country and that National Security has been undermined” charged the President who added that it also being said that the military is being weakened and military camps are being moved but that is false propaganda that is being spread

Representatives of Japanese mega corporations met President Maithripala Sirisena last evening in Nagoya.

The Taisei Corporation expressed interest in investing in various sectors, including highway construction, expansion of Bandaranaike International Airport and building of monorail with the speed up to 500kms per hour.

The Hitachi Corporation and many other corporations in Japan have also expressed interest to invest in Sri Lanka

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