Japan keen on partnering with SL: Pathfinder Foundation

Japan keen on partnering with SL: Pathfinder Foundation

Written by Staff Writer

13 Apr, 2017 | 8:17 pm

The Pathfinder Foundation says, Japan is keen on partnering with Sri Lanka to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the Indian Ocean region.

According to a release sent out by the Pathfinder Foundation, Japan is focusing on their maritime interests in the Indian Ocean.

The Foundation points out that the major beneficiaries of the renewed Japanese commitment would be the Sri Lanka Navy and the Sri Lanka Coast Guard.

The release further notes that Japan has pledged to build ships and craft for the Sri Lanka Coast Guard to perform its role in maintaining a rule based maritime order in the Indian Ocean.

Admiral Dr. Jayanath Colombage, Director – Centre for Indo-Lanka Initiatives, Pathfinder Foundation says:

[quote]”There is a new economic world order developing in the Indian Ocean which is also named as the Asian Century. And Sri Lanka is in a very important location. And also Japan being a maritime nation and a very traditional ally and a friend has expressed concern and importance of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean to provide maritime security. Now, the Pathfinder Foundation last month conducted an international conference called Trincomalee Consultation. We were focusing on the Bay of Bengal on how to enhance connectivity in the Bay of Bengal. And I think our future lies in the Blue Economy and therefore we have to focus on regional connectivity across the sea”.[/quote]

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