Hon.Namal Rajapaksa meets leading Japanese dignitaries in Tokyo
Published: 13 Mar 2012
Hon. Namal Rajapaksa, Member of Parliament and Special Envoy of H.E.the President, on an official visit to Tokyo, held discussions with several Japanese dignitaries including Former Japanese Prime Ministers
Hon.Yasuo Fukuda and Hon.Yukio Hatoyama, Japanese Parliamentarians Hon.Yuko Obuchi, and Tetsuro Fukuyama, in addition to detailed discussions with Japan’s Special Representative, Hon.Yasushi Akashi.
At these discussions, Hon.Rajapaksa highlighted the rapid development and steady progress being made in the North Eastern region of Sri Lanka. He emphasised the important role played by the Government in resettling the people back in their villages in the North East and the reconstruction of their homes, which is a key priority of the Government.
Hon.Rajapaksa who informed of his work in the Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi areas of the country, stressed that a number of young parliamentarians from the south are now very much involved in development projects of the North Eastern region. He further informed that the reconciliation programme for rehabilitated cadres is also progressing successfully and a large number of rehabilitated cadres have now been sent back to their villages with special financial assistance given by the Government for them to start their own self-employment projects. Special assistance and schemes are being facilitated by the Government for widows who have lost their families to find self employment.
Hon.Rajapaksa further emphasised that while reconciliation, reconstruction and rehabilitation are key areas of priority for the Government, there is strong commitment to the people of this region with 70 percent of foreign grants and loans already being extended by the Government to the development of this region.
Hon.Yasuo Fukuda, Former Prime Minister of Japan reiterated Japan’s strong commitment and friendship over the years with Sri Lanka and he sincerely acknowledged the support given by Sri Lanka in the aftermath f the Great East Japan Earthquake of 11th March 2011. The support and commitment extended by the Sri Lankan Government by sending a 15 member disaster relief team and the distribution of tea and food in the disaster struck areas was most encouraging. He stressed that the Government and people of Japan will always remember the assistance and support especially since Sri Lanka too had been through a similar experience at the time of the tsunami in 2004. Hon.Fukuda also stated that during his last visit to Sri Lanka he was encouraged to see the development in the country. The Former Prime Minister also thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for the two Sri Lankan elephants that are being presented to the Government of Japan this year in commemoration of 60 years of Diplomatic Relations between the two countries.