Japan and Sri Lanka are to strengthen maritime security cooperation, the Sri Lankan President’s media division said on Tuesday.
The matter was discussed during a meeting between Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera, who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka, and President Maithripala Sirisena held at the Presidential Secretariat today.
This is the first time that a Japanese Defence Minister is visiting the country.
During the meeting the progress of the implementation of the agreements entered into during President Sirisena’a recent visit to Japan was reviewed.
Both sides also discussed ways to develop the defence cooperation between the two countries while expanding the relationship between Japan and Sri Lanka.
Special attention will be given towards strengthening the defence cooperation encompassing maritime security, the President’s office said.
As a result of the discussions held between President Maithripala Sirisena and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Government took steps to provide two patrol boats for the Sri Lankan Coast Guard amounting to Rs.1.8 billion.
During the meeting President Sirisena said he was happy that the Japanese Minister of Defence, during his two day visit will be travelling to the Chinese operated port in the southern town of Habanthota and a port in the eastern town of Trincomalee.