JAPAN, SRI LANKA TIES FLOURISH

President Maithripala Sirisena and First Lady Jayanthi Sirisena pose with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon their arrival at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday. President Sirisena is on a six-day official visst to Japan. Picture by Sudath Silva

Japan’s Emperor Akihito said the longstanding friendship and bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Japan was further strengthened with the state visit of the President Maithripala Sirisena.

President Sirisena and the First Lady, who arrived in Japan on a state visit at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was warmly welcomed by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko when he visited at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo yesterday.

President Sirisena expressed his gratitude to the Emperor and the Japanese government for their cordial cooperation and the friendly rapport with Sri Lanka and its people.

The Emperor and the President wowed to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

The President thanked Emperor Akihito and the Japanese government for inviting him to Japan for a state visit. Addressing the President, the Emperor recalled his visit to Sri Lanka in 1981. He said that he obtained an invaluable opportunity in his lifetime by being able to worship the Temple of Tooth-Relic in Kandy.

He thanked Sri Lankans for the warm welcome he received during his visit.

The Emperor also expressed his gratitude to Sri Lanka for providing timely assistance on every occasion Japan was affected by natural disasters.

 

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