The President’s second visit to pay his last respects is on the 26th to Japan. Ranil Wickremesinghe is scheduled to leave for Japan on September 26 to attend the funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, holding office from 2006 to 2007 and again from 2012 to 2020 before resigning due to health reasons. He died from excessive bleeding in July at the age of 67 after being shot while giving a public campaign speech.
Sources said the President is scheduled to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and high-level representatives of the Japanese government during his visit to Japan.
The President is also scheduled to travel to the Philippines following his visit to Japan where he will hold talks with Philippines President Bongbong Marcos.
During his visit to the Philippines, the President will attend the Asian Development Bank Governors’ meeting on September 29.