New Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka presents credential to the President

Oct 17, Colombo: The new Ambassador of Japan to Colombo presented his credentials to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday at the Presidential Secretariat.

The new envoy Nobuhitho HoBo, who arrived in the country yesterday (16), is the 21st Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka.

The Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka is also accredited to the Republic of Maldives.

The new diplomat also met with the External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and the Secretary to the

President Lalith Weeratunga following his meeting with the President.

Mr. HoBo replaced the outgoing Ambassador of Japan Kunio Takahashi who finished his term earlier this month.

In a message posted on the Japanese Embassy web site Mr. HoBo noted the Sri Lankan government’s serious efforts to protect and resettle the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and said the “Government of Japan is strongly encouraging the Sri Lankan Government to focus on the importance of national reconciliation in order to achieve the long lasting peace.”

He also noted that Sri Lanka and Japan are celebrating 60 years of friendship next year since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1952 and the Embassy is is having discussions with the Japanese and Sri Lankan authorities, on the plans for the 60th Anniversary celebrations.

Japan has become a strong supporter of Sri Lanka politically as well as economically contributing US$ 413 million in the first four months of 2011 alone.

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