Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Secretary Defence and Urban Development currently on an official visit to Tokyo held discussions with Koichiro Gemba, Foreign Minister of Japan recently.
During the discussion, the Defence Secretary conveyed to Japanese Foreign Minister the appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka for the continued assistance extended by the Government of Japan and invited the Foreign Minister to visit Sri Lanka and witness the peace and development in the country.
As Japan currently has the highest number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka from the East Asian region, the Defence Secretary conveyed the intention of encouraging more Japanese visitors to travel to Sri Lanka this year.
He also briefed Foreign Minister of the ongoing development in the country and the initiatives taken by the Government in reconstruction and reconciliation.
Japanese Foreign Minister, while thanking the Government of Sri Lanka for the assistance extended to Japan at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11th March last year, stated that Japan looks forward to further deepening the relationship of the longstanding friendship of both the countries.
Meanwhile, Japan's special representative to Sri Lanka Yasushi Akashi said the Sri Lankan government is making a positive initiative towards development in the North and East and commitment to the people of the region.
Akashsi said so when he met Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Tokyo, Japan last week.
Akashi also said Japan as a longstanding and sincere friend of Sri Lanka, will always extend its fullest support to the country.