Western Nations Underestimate Sri Lanka's Development - Japanese
"Western nations are underestimating the
development in Sri Lanka since the end of the conflict," said Taro
Aso, Deputy Prime Minister of Japan when he met with President
Mahinda Rajapaksa for discussions on Wednesday afternoon. President
Rajapaksa is currently on a four day official visit to Japan which
Mr. Aso who was a former Prime Minister of Japan
is currently holding the position of the Finance Minister as well.
He further said "Sri Lanka's security situation is
getting better. The economy is on the right track. Investors and
tourists are coming to the country".
President Rajapaksa while thanking Japan for its
assistance to Sri Lanka's development remarked that leaders and
people of the world should visit Sri Lanka to see for themselves the
progress the country had achieved in all aspects in recent times.
The Defense Minister of Japan, Itsunori Onodera
also called on President Rajapaksa this afternoon. During the
discussion he recalled that he served as a JICA volunteer in Sri
Lanka some years before.
"Now the conflict is over. Sri Lanka had made
great strides under President Rajapaksa's able leadership" he noted.
Ambassador Yasushi Akashi also met with the
President at a private lunch.
During the visit, President Rajapaksa is expected
to hold discussions with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and have an
audience with the Emperor and Empress of Japan who will also be
hosting a lunch for the President and the First Lady at the Imperial
In addition to several bilateral meetings with
Japanese ministers and government officials, President Rajapaksa is
also scheduled to attend a meeting of the Japan-Sri Lanka
Senior Minister of Urban Affairs A. H. M. Fowzie,
Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of
Irrigation and Water Resources Management Nimal Siripala de Silva,
Monitoring MP for Ministry of External Affairs Sajin de Vaas
Gunawardena, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and
Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal are among the Sri
Lankan officials, along with a business delegation, accompanying the
President on his second official visit to the country.
Courtesy : President Media Unit