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Japan denies report it ‘will not help Sri Lanka’

Japan’s embassy in Sri Lanka has denied reports that its ambassador told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that Tokyo would not be assisting Sri Lanka during its economic crisis, following a visit to Jaffna this week.

The Daily Mirror reported this morning that due to “the risk of financial assistance to Sri Lanka being mismanaged,” Japan’s ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki told the TNA his government “will not support the country at this point”.

In an email seen by the Tamil Guardian, Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Prime Minister raised the news article to the Japanese embassy.

In response, Deputy Ambassador Kotaro Katsuki said the article “has no grounds what so ever,” adding that “our ambassador would never say such a thing”.

During his visit to Jaffna Hideaki met with TNA members as well as the mayor of Jaffna.


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