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Saturday, 16 March 2013 - 8:25
President successfully concludes visit to Japan
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President Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in the island after successfully concluding a 4 day official visit to Japan.

Leaders of Japan and Sri Lanka pledged to work towards strengthening the partnership beyond the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa and a high level delegation in Japan on the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, welcomed the high level interaction as a platform to promote policy dialogue.

Both leaders decided to utilize wide ranging visits and dialogue to further reinforce the bilateral cooperation.

Issuing a joint statement, they expressed their satisfaction at the outcome of the official working visit by President Rajapaksa which had provided further testimony to continuing excellent relations between the two countries.

At this meeting, President Mahinda Rajapaksa extended a cordial invitation to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Sri Lanka to which the Japanese Prime Minister expressed his appreciation.

At the Summit meeting which marked the mutual respect, understanding and historical relations between the two countries since the San Francisco Peace Conference in 1951, both leaders acknowledged the relationship of the two countries have matured and diversified with the passing of time, encompassing wide ranging areas of contemporary relevance, including trade and investment, development cooperation, culture and education.

Prime Minister Abe expressed his profound gratitude on behalf of the people of Japan for the heartfelt sympathy and support extended to them from the Government and people of Sri Lanka, following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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