Japan-Fiji Leaders Video Teleconference Meeting
On June 29, commencing at 2:50 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-Fiji leaders video teleconference meeting with Hon. Rear Admiral (Retired) Josaia Voreqe BAINIMARAMA, Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Prime Minister Suga stated that Pacific Island countries such as Fiji are important partners to Japan, and that he would like to strengthen relations between the two countries. He also stated that he would like to continue working closely with Prime Minister Bainimarama toward a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
- Prime Minister Suga expressed his intention to continue supporting Fiji with measures against COVID-19, provide support for the recovery from damage caused by cyclones, contribute to disaster prevention measures, and deepen cooperation in areas such as infrastructure development.
- In response, Prime Minister Bainimarama expressed his gratitude for Japan's long-standing support. Both sides concurred on cooperating toward the success of the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting.
- The two leaders also exchanged views on regional issues, including the response to North Korea. Prime Minister Suga requested understanding and cooperation for the abduction issue, and received support from Prime Minister Bainimarama.
- Prime Minister Suga stated that Japan was taking all possible infection control measures in preparation for hosting the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in a safe and secure manner.