National Day of Japan: Strengthening maritime partnership and quality infrastructure vital – Japanese Envoy
Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Sugiyama Akira on Tuesday (23) said this year marks an important juncture in the history of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Japan, the Japanese Embassy in Sri Lanka quoting Akira said.
Speaking virtually on the occasion of the 61st birthday of Japanese Emperor Naruhito which fell on Tuesday, he recalled the strong support that the representative of the then Ceylon, J.R. Jayewardene extended to Japan’s recovery of status in the international community after World War II at the San Francisco Peace Conference in 1951, with this year marking its 70th anniversary, the Embassy said. Tuesday was also the National Day of Japan.
Others participating in the virtual platform were representatives of the Government of Sri Lanka heads of the diplomatic missions and international organisations, Japanese compatriots, and ‘trusted’ friends of Sri Lanka.
Akira outlined the future course of diplomatic relations between Japan and Sri Lanka, with particular emphasis on the spirit of solidarity in the joint combat against COVID-19, strengthening of maritime partnership and quality infrastructure, the Embassy said.
Japan’s active support for the ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour,’ promotion of trade and investment, and ‘people-to-people’ contacts at all levels which are expected to make strides through the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games scheduled to be held in the coming summer, were also addressed by the Ambassador, it said.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in his congratulatory message expressed his best wishes to the Emperor and prosperity and well-being to the people of Japan, while saying that despite the numerous challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic; both countries have realised many milestones across a number of important spheres through joint endeavours.(PA)