September 09, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka and Japan enters into a new partnership to enhance the cooperation in the maritime field recognizing Sri Lanka’s potential as a maritime nation in the Indian Ocean, a statement said. Joint Statement between Sri Lanka and Japan
1.The Prime Minister of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe, paid an Official Visit to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka from 7 to 8 September 2014, on the invitation extended by the President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, during his Official Working Visit to Japan in March 2013. This is the first visit to Sri Lanka by a Prime Minister of Japan in 24 years since 1990.
2.Prime Minister Abe and President Rajapaksa held a summit meeting on 7 September 2014. Recalling that His Excellency Nobusuke Kishi, the then-Prime Minister of Japan and grandfather of His Excellency Shinzo Abe, paid the first official visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to Sri Lanka in 1957, the two leaders reaffirmed the strong bonds of friendship between the two countries through generations. The two leaders welcomed the important progress made on the initiatives laid out in the Joint Statement of March 2013 on Strengthening Japan-Sri Lanka Partners