Despite disappointments in mega project deals including the rejection of the Light Railway Transit (LRT) project, Japan continues its assistance to Sri Lanka.
The most recent Japanese gesture was the donation of anti-terrorism surveillance and investigation vehicles to the island nation.
Japanese Ambassador Sugiyama Akira presented anti-terrorism surveillance and investigation vehicles to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat Office recently.
These vehicles are the first batch of equipment donated by the Government of Japan to the Sri Lanka Police for the country’s counter-terrorism efforts in the wake of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in 2019.
In addition to the vehicles donated, under this grant aid worth JPY 1 billion (LKR 1.7 billion), a wide range of essential equipment for enhancing counterterrorism and public security capabilities is to be donated to law enforcement institutions.
Among them were the Airport & Aviation Services Sri Lanka (AASL), including mobile X-ray scanners, walk through safety inspection gates, vehicle chassis safety inspection systems, and patrol crafts.