Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves for Japan

[TamilNet, Saturday, 08 December 2007, 09:16 GMT]
After his recent visit to Iran seeking support to his war efforts back home, the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Saturday left Colombo on a four-day official visit to Japan to hold bilateral talks with the leaders of Japan. Mr. Rajapaksa is also scheduled to meet the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, the head of the Japanese imperial family, during his stay there, Sri Lankan presidential secretariat sources said. Japan is the largest donor to Sri Lanka.

Last Saturday, Japan's Special Envoy to the Sri Lanka Peace Process, Yashushi Akashi, in an interview to Sri Lanka's state run Daily News, made a pleasing, controversial remark about the Sri Lankan president by saying that Rajapaksa was not a war monger, but a serious politician who has to be mindful as to the balance of power in the South.

Rohitha Bogollagama, the Sri Lankan foreign minister was accompanying Rajapaksa to Japan.


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