• Japan, Sri Lanka leaders agree on stronger maritime links

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    COLOMBO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Sri Lanka’s president agreed on Sunday to forge stronger maritime links between their countries in a move partly aimed at countering China’s influence in the region. Abe held talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse shortly after arriving from Bangladesh as part of a regional tour also designed to strengthen economic ties. Abe, the first Japanese premier to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, announced he would donate patrol boats to Sri Lanka’s coast guard, while the two leaders agreed to establish a joint dialogue on “maritime and oceanic issues.”

    AFP

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