Japanese special envoy holds talks with Prime Minister

The Japanese Prime Minister’s Special Advisor, Dr Hiroto Izumi, had talks with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today.

The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama and other Japanese officials also attended the meeting.

“East Container Terminal of the Colombo South Harbour will remain under the ownership of Sri Lanka while there will be a joint venture with the partnership of Sri Lanka, India and Japan to manage the terminal. The Bandaranaike International Airport expansion project will also receive Japanese assistance. The Light Railway Transit (LRT) project is now underway,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said after the meeting.

He also said that an LNG terminal will be built in Sri Lanka with Japanese assistance and under the Greater Kandy Urban Development Plan, the City of Kandy will be developed with an aim to preserve the landscape and attract tourists, in line of the master plan developed for the City of Kyoto, Japan.

The Prime Minister’s Office said that during the meeting the two sides also discussed the freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean.

Minister’s Mangala Samarweera, Ravi Karunanayake, Malik Samarawickrema, Kabir Hashim and Sagala Ratnayake were among those who attended the talks. (Colombo Gazette)