Oct 11, Colombo: Ambassador of Japan in Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama said Japan is willing to contribute to ensuring the safety of sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region.
Hosting a reception for the participants of the 15th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) at his official residence in Colombo, on October 8th, Ambassador Sugiyama said Japan is willing to contribute to maintaining and strengthening the maritime order in the region.
The 15th HACGAM was hosted by SriLankan Coast Guard and held in Colombo from October 7-10, 2019.
Ambassador Sugiyama, in his speech, emphasized the increasing importance of the role of the maritime security agencies in tackling growing threats in the maritime domain and, hence, the growing significance of the HACGAM as a platform to strengthening coordination among the Asian maritime law enforcement agencies.
Ambassador Sugiyama said that Japan will continue to support coastal countries in Asia and Africa to enhance their maritime law enforcement capabilities. He also mentioned Japan's cooperation with the UNODC for conducting VBSS training courses in Sri Lanka.
Ambassador Sugiyama expressed Japan's willingness to contribute to maintaining and strengthening the maritime order and ensuring the safety of sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region. In addition, he touched upon the vison of the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Oceans (FOIP) while stressing that the vision is an inclusive concept open to all countries which shares its basic principles and corresponds closely to the vision of HACGAM.