Â Japanese PM Abe in Lanka on Sunday
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe has plannedÂ to undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka from 7 to 8 September, at the invitation ofÂ President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
President Rajapaksa paidÂ an official visit to Japan in March 2013 to mark the 60thÂ anniversary of the establishment ofÂ diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Japan.
It is 24 years since the last visit of a Japanese Prime MinisterÂ to Sri Lanka. The Government of Sri Lanka is confident that this visit willÂ enable both countries to further consolidate and expand the existing robustÂ relations, particularly in trade and economic cooperation.
Prime Minister Abe will be accompanied by a high level delegation,Â which also includes business leaders from several Japanese companies, notablyÂ small and medium sized enterprises, ranging from infrastructure to foodÂ industries.
Japan has beenÂ a key partner in Sri Lankaâ€™s socio-economic development and the forthcomingÂ official visit of Prime Minister Abe will be an important milestone in furtherÂ enhancing bilateral relations.