Japanese state minister at Sri Lanka coast guard vessel commissioning
ECONOMYNEXT – State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane will visit Sri Lanka this week to take part in the commissioning of two patrol vessels donated by Japan to be used mainly to help merchant shipping and protect the coast.
The Japanese embassy said in a statement the two patrol vessels will be handed over to Sri Lanka Coast Guard to improve maritime safety and strengthen control of the maritime borders of the island.
The vessels will be used mainly for search and rescue, pollution control and oil spill management as well as maritime security boarding operations.
The vessels were built in Japan under the grant aid of the government of Japan and will be commissioned on 29August at the Colombo Port.
The statement said Nakane will visit Sri Lanka from 28 to 30 August 2018.
During his stay, Nakane willcall on Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe and hold meetings with other Sri Lankan government leaders to further promote bilateral relationship between the two countries, it said.
(COLOMBO, 27 August, 2018)