“No country in the world has done so much work for promoting and strenghtening the ethnic reconciliation like Sri Lanka, within a short period of four years after the end of a brutal and prolonged war”,said Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to Yasushi Akashi.
Yasushi Akashi, the representative of the Japanese government to Sri Lanka on Monday called on Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Leader of the House in Parliament Nimal Siripala de Silva and discussion a range of bilateral issues.
Minister de Silva said that the Sri Lankan government treats all citizens in an equal manner and do not bow to the threats extended against Sri Lanka. He stressed that the policy of the Sri Lankan government is to cooperate with all foreign countries while safeguarding the country’s soveringty.
The duo exchanged views on cultural and economic issues pertaining to both countries during a luncheon meeting hosted by Minister de Silva to the visiting diplomat, in Colombo. Akashi, the representative of the Government of Japan for Peace-Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka is visiting the island from Dec. 8 to 13.
During the discussion, Minister de Silva explained in detail about the steps taken by the government to strenghten ethnic reconciliation in Sri Lanka after the war’s end. Minister de Silva told Akashi that no country in the world has done so much work for promoting and strenghtening the ethnic reconciliation like Sri Lanka, within a short period of four years after the end of a brutal and prolonged war.
He said the recent peaceful and fair elections held in the former northern war-zone demonstrated the effectiveness and the strenght of Sri Lanka’s democratic set up.
Minister of Petroleum Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, foreign ministry secreatary Karunathilake Amunugama, Japanese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Nobuhito Hobo and Sri Lankan Ambassor in Japan Admiral Wasanth Karannagoda were also present at this meeting.
(Courtesy: Government News Portal)