Japan-Federated States of Micronesia Summit Meeting
On October 25, commencing at shortly after 6:15 p.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Peter Martin Christian, President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) on his official working visit to Japan. The overview is as follows.
1. Opening statement
(1) Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan is placing emphasis on its relationship with FSM, an important partner bound to Japan by historical ties and the Pacific Ocean which has strongly and consistently supported Japan in the international arena. Prime Minister Abe also stated that next year will be a milestone of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and FSM and the Eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8) will be held in the same year. Prime Minister Abe expressed that he would like to work together with President Christian to greatly develop Japan-FSM relations and would like to cooperate under the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy.”
(2) In response, President Christian expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome, congratulated Prime Minister Abe on his election victory, offered condolences regarding the typhoon damage, and also expressed his gratitude for the support of Japan. Furthermore, he stated that with next year’s PALM8 and 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations in mind, he wishes to not only further strengthen bilateral relations but also to closely cooperate in responding to the regional situation and within the international arena.
2. Bilateral relations
3. Eighth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM8)
4. Regional situation
(1) Regarding the situation of North Korea, Prime Minister Abe stated the importance of full implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions and applying maximum pressure on North Korea in order to change its policy and sought understanding and support regarding the abductions issue. In response, President Christian stated that he wishes to cooperate with Japan so that the problem of North Korea will be solved.
(2) Regarding maritime security, the two leaders agreed on the importance of a free and open maritime order based on the rule of law, and President Christian stated that he highly appreciated the strategic role played by Japan in this region.