Six new ambassadors presented their credentials to President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning:
Mr. Viljar Lubi Ambassador of Republic of Estonia Mrs. Monica Lanzetta Mutis Ambassador of Republic of Colombia Mr. Daniel Carmon Ambassador of State of Israel Mr. Petko Kolev Doykov Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Phan Kieu Tha Ambassador of Socialist Republic of Vietnam Mr. Southam Sakonhninhom Ambassador of Lao People's Democratic Republic All the ambassadors accredited to Sri Lanka, except for Mrs. Phan Kieu Tha of Vietnam, are based in New Delhi, India. Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris, Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne were present.
It is with great pleasure that I welcome His Excellency Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and his Delegation. This visit is indeed a historic and significant milestone in our bilateral relations. I recall the first Official Visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to Sri Lanka was in 1957 by H.E. Shinzo Abe’s Grandfather, His Excellency, the late Nobusuke Kishi, the then Prime Minister of Japan.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa signed a "Joint Statement on a Partnership Between Maritime Countries" at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sunday afternoon (September 07).
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Wickremasinghe Rajapaksa welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and First Lady Akie Abe at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this afternoon.
-Children of the nation should be stakeholders of the economy which is emerging with the development, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa after vesting with the students the newly constructed Mahindodaya Technological Laboratory of the Kovularagama Maha Vidyalaya in Sevanagala on Friday afternoon. The President called upon the parents to motivate their children to reap maximum benefits out of these facilities.