Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he hoped for political stability in Sri Lanka and rapid progress in negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
He made the remark in a congratulatory message sent to Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe on taking office as the new head of state.
In his letter, Prime Minister Kishida said, “On behalf of the government and people of Japan, I would like to sincerely congratulate you on your assumption of office as President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
The Japanese prime minister also said he was encouraged that Ranil Wickremesinghe, “who has devoted efforts to achieve economic development in Sri Lanka over the years, was sworn in as president this time.”
Kishida said he looked forward to seeing that political stability will be ensured and that the negotiations with the IMF and the debt restructuring process with fair burden sharing among all creditors will progress rapidly under the leadership of President Ranil Wickremesinghe.
“I also hope that the Sri Lankan government overcomes the ongoing crisis as soon as possible through economic and administrative reforms and that your nation gets back on track to develop and serve as a hub in the Indian Ocean. “
On the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Japan this year, Prime Minister Kishida said he would like to work together with President Wickremesinghe to further develop the cordial ties between the two nations, including cooperation to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific.