Japan-Federated States of Micronesia Summit Meeting
On May 18, commencing at 3:50 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Peter Martin Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, who is staying in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8). The overview of the summit meeting is as follows.
- Prime Minister Abe noted that this year is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Micronesia, and explained that he intends to forge a closer relationship between the two countries, along with stating that he hopes to discuss the challenges facing the region, including maritime security, climate change and disaster prevention, at PALM8. In addition, Prime Minister Abe announced that Japan intends to provide 200 million yen of grant aid for strengthening FSM's disaster prevention and disaster reduction capabilities.
- In response, President Christian expressed gratitude for the assistance that Japan has extended for many years, along with expressing respect for Japan's leadership in guiding PALM8 to success.
- Prime Minister Abe stated that he hopes to collaborate and cooperate with FSM on the basis of the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy." In response, President Christian expressed his intension to continue to collaborate closely.
- In addition, Prime Minister Abe asked that consideration be given to stable operations by Japanese fishing vessels and requested cooperation with the recovery of the remains of war dead and the prompt resolution of the abductions issue. President Christian expressed his intention to collaborate on the North Korea problem.