EconomyNext – Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi will arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday 7th March 2015 for talks on bilateral relations with the government, a statement said.
Kiuchi will call on President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, who is also Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs.
He will also hold talks with Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of External Affairs, the statement from the Japanese embassy said.
The talks will "further develop cordial relations with the leaders of the new government established after the Presidential election on 8 January 2015 and to explore future avenues of bilateral cooperation between the two countries," it said.
Kiuchi had previously visited Sri Lanka in his capacity as Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in September 2013.
The new government was formed after the ouster of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the January 8 poll.
Sri Lanka’s ties with several key trade partners like India, the US and European Union had been strained under Rajapaksa.
The new government has said it has moved fast in the past two months to ‘normalise" ties with these countries.