ECONOMYNEXT – A senior foreign ministry official from Japan will visit Sri Lanka next month as part of efforts to re-build relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said as the country is undergoing a monetary meltdown after the central bank printed money.
“With Japan also though there are problems we have started those discussions,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.
“I am maintaining the links connection on that. In addition our ambassador went to the Japanese foreign Ministry. The foreign minsitry said the will have to rebuild relations.
“The director at the Japanese Foreign Ministry in charge of this region told our Foreign Secretary that he hopes to visit Sri Lanka next month.”
Sri Lanka’s administration under Gotabaya Rajapaksa scrapped a light rail transit project financed by Japan claiming that it was too expensive.
Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said he had also talked with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken who had promised to help.
“Yesterday at a meeting with ambassadors at the White House President Biden told our envoy that US will help. I am happy that US is joining and we thank them.”