Sri Lanka tries to rebuild relations with Japan (PM)

ECONOMYNEXT – A senior official from Japan’s Foreign Ministry will visit Sri Lanka next month as part of efforts to rebuild relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said as the country suffers a currency meltdown after the central bank prints money.

“With Japan as well, although there are problems, we have started these discussions,” Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said.

“I maintain the link connection on this. In addition, our ambassador visited the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Foreign Office has said it will have to rebuild relations.

“The Japanese Foreign Ministry director in charge of this region told our foreign minister that he hopes to visit Sri Lanka next month.”

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Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said he also spoke with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who promised to help him.

“Yesterday, in a meeting with ambassadors at the White House, President Biden told our envoy that the United States would help. I am happy that the United States is joining us and we thank them.