Japanese Foreign Minister’s Courtesy Visit to Port of Colombo Strengthens Bilateral Ties

The Japanese Foreign Minister, Honourable Kamikawa Yoko, paid a courtesy visit to the Port of Colombo during her official visit to Sri Lanka. The visit, which took place on May 4th, 2024, was warmly welcomed by the Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Mr Prabath J. Malavige, alongside other distinguished officials.

Accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising senior officials from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mizukoshi Hideaki, Minister Kamikawa Yoko’s presence highlighted Japan’s commitment to strengthening bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.

During the visit, discussions centred on enhancing cooperation in maritime trade and infrastructure development. Minister Kamikawa Yoko expressed Japan’s keen interest in furthering investments in Sri Lanka’s port infrastructure, aligning with the country’s strategic location along key international shipping routes.

Representatives from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, including Capt. Nirmal Silva, the Harbour Master, and Mr Nirmal de Fonseka, Director of Marketing and Business Development, participated in the occasion. The exchange concluded with both parties expressing optimism for future collaborations and reaffirming their commitment to deepening the longstanding friendship between Japan and Sri Lanka.

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