Tamil Diplomat

Foreign relations under MR lopsided, Maithri has struck a balance:PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has stated that the foreign relations under the previous regime of Mahinda Rajapakse were lopsided but the foreign relations under the present President Rajapakse have improved a balance has been struck.

He made these observations while addressing the House on his recent visit to Japan. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya chaired.

He commended the act of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa for requesting the service of an international judge from Japan to solve the issue of war crimes allegations. During his official visit to Japan, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan assigned Motoo Noguchi in 2014, who was a former international judge of the Supreme Court Chamber at the Extraordinary Chambers in Court of Cambodia. Japanese Prime Minister Abe appreciated the new government for maintaining a balance foreign policy with leading states in Asia such as India, China and Japan. He said the previous government failed to maintain a balance foreign policy. Therefore, relationships with traditionally friendly countries had been affected. He said it was a success of this government to be able to maintain a balance policy.

He said Japanese Prime Minister appreciated the good governance programme in Sri Lanka while commending the Sri Lanka’s position to co-sponsor the UN resolution. He said the Japanese Prime Minister promised their fullest co-operation to a mechanism seeking truth. Discussions were focussed on three main areas: Investment and Trade Promotion, National Development and Peace and National Reconciliation. Sri Lankan delegation requested Japan to play a key role in technology in the Asian Region. A foundation was laid during these discussions to create employment opportunities and business opportunities for Sri Lankans. Japan’s attention was drawn to airport development, Colombo port development, Kandy city development and energy generation.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe continued that Sri Lanka promised Japan to extend the fullest cooperation to obtain a permanent seat for Japan at the United Nations Security Council as the Asian representation is not adequate in the council.