Japan-Lanka talks on oil exploration
[03 June, 2008]
The Prime Minister of Japan has suggested ministerial level consultations between Sri Lanka and Japan on oil and gas exploration by Japan in Sri Lanka.
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda made this suggestion when he met President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the sidelines of the World Conference of Food Security convened by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome, on 3rd June 2008.
He proposed the participation of Japan in oil and gas exploration in Sri Lanka, where certain blocks have already been allocated to some countries and also brought the matter of the settlement of loans provided by Japan to Sri Lanka.
Discussions between Prime Minister Fukuda and President Rajapaksa were centered on political, economic and cultural issues of bilateral importance. The Japanese leader expressed satisfaction at the successful completion of the elections to the Eastern Provincial Council, and indicated that assistance for development of the Eastern Province would be given high priority by the Japanese Government.
The two leaders also discussed the Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa briefed the Japanese leader on the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to address Human Rights issues.
The Sri Lanka President thanked Japan for the generous assistance` extended to Sri Lanka over the years.