Ambassadors of ASEAN countries meet with the President.

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A group of ambassadors representing ASEAN countries met with President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

Ambassadors of Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Malaysia met with the President and extended their good wishes.
They assured continued enhancement of bilateral relations with Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with the President, at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.
He expressed his country’s commitment towards the concept of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Region”.
He further stated, the main sectors of regional cooperation can be noted as defence, security and stability.
The President responded saying, the Indian Ocean must prevail as a “peace zone”, without conflicts. Commenting on foreign relations, the President said, the country has “no need to get involved in the power tussles of super powers”. The President said, he looks forward to the friendship of all countries. The visiting Japanese Foreign Minister further stated, his country will always support peace and reconciliation amongst the races in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, at Temple Trees yesterday.
He handed over to the Premier a letter given by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abbe. He pledged Japan’s continuous support to Sri Lanka.

The visiting Japanese Foreign Minister also met with his Sri Lankan counterpart Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
He called to mind the long-standing historic relations between the two countries, and emphasized the importance of projects launched with Japanese funding.
Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said, the new government hopes to bring about prosperity for everyone and ensure security.

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