July 02, Colombo: The Japanese Embassy in Colombo emphasizes that the media reports that the Japanese government is not supporting Sri Lanka on the current economic situation is false.
Issuing a statement clarifying on recent media reports regarding Japan’s position on the economic situation in Sri Lanka, the Japanese Embassy said they would like to clarify some of the incorrect and misleading information contained in recent news articles regarding Japan’s position on the economic situation in Sri Lanka.
A false claim has been spread that the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka has said that he is unable to support Sri Lanka due to the suspicion that the financial assistance given to Sri Lanka will be misused.
The Embassy said Japan is closely paying attention to the current difficult economic situation in Sri Lanka and severe humanitarian situation accompanied.
Considering such situation, the Government of Japan has decided to provide Emergency Grant Aid of USD three (3) million through UNICEF and WFP in order to provide medicine and food in a manner that would directly benefit the Sri Lankan people.
“Japan sincerely hopes that this assistance will be of help to overcoming the hardship faced by the people of Sri Lanka, Japan’s long-standing friends,” the statement said.
“The Government of Japan would like to consider its further contribution to Sri Lanka in consultation with the Government of Sri Lanka and other developing partners, while giving attention to the situation of Sri Lanka and the negotiation progress between Sri Lanka and IMF,” the statement added.
The Embassy said Japan, time-tested partner in Sri Lanka’s socio-economic development, has been supporting Sri Lanka and will continue to do its part in combining its efforts with the people and Government of Sri Lanka.