Meeting between Mr. Tariq Al-Hashimi, Vice President of Iraq, and Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (Outline)

March 27, 2007

   
    On March 23, Mr. Tariq Al-Hashimi, Vice President of Iraq currently visiting Japan, met with Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, for about 30 minutes from 5:10 p.m.  The outline of their talks is as follows (the meeting was attended from the Iraqi side by: Dr. Ghanim A. Al-Jumaily, Iraqi Ambassador to Japan, Mr. Sameraii, Special Advisor to the Vice President, and others; and from the Japanese side by Mr. Norihiro Okuda, Director-General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, and Mr. Ogawa, Ambassador in charge of reconstruction assistance to Iraq, and others).

1.   In the meeting, opinions were exchanged on Japan-Iraq relations including Japan’s efforts for reconstruction assistance to Iraq and the situation in Iraq.

2.   On Japan-Iraq relations, Vice President Al-Hashimi expressed gratitude for Japan’s assistance extended so far for reconstruction of Iraq, including the activities of the Japan Self-Defense Force Units in Samawah and economic cooperation, and also expressed a wish for the Special Measures Law on Iraq to be extended.  Mr. Aso said that Japan’s commitment to the reconstruction of Iraq remains unwavering and its efforts would be continued.

3.   The Iraqi side expressed its appreciation for the National Reconciliation Seminar to be held in Japan from March 25.  Both sides agreed on the necessity of patience in tackling the recovery of security and national reconciliation in Iraq.

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