Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka called on President Maithripala Sirisena at his official residence on Thursday.
The former Prime Minister of Japan in talks with the President recalled the age-old friendship between the two countries.
The President appreciated the former Prime Minister’s visit to Sri Lanka and invited him to visit the country again. The former Prime Minister arrived in Sri Lanka to participate at the foundation laying ceremony of the Sadaham Sewa (Dhamma Service) building of Polgasovita Daham Sewana Temple’s International Buddhist Centre.
This 17 storied building is being constructed with a personal donation of Rs.2.5 billion by the former Prime Minister of Japan. A large number of students are currently studying English and Japanese languages at this centre. A vocational training centre is also scheduled to be established at the premises.
During the discussion with the President, Hatoyama pledged to donate funds for the projects of minimizing traffic congestion and supplying pure water.
Chief Incumbent of the Dahamsewana Temple Ven.Suduhumpala Wimalasara Thera and the Japanese delegation were also present at the meeting.