Japan-Marshall Relations

May 18, 2018
Prime Minister shaking hands with the President of the Marshall Islands Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
Japan-Marshall Islands Summit Meeting Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office

On May 18, commencing at 4:15 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, 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.

  1. Prime Minister Abe noted that this year is the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Marshall Islands, 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. Prime Minister Abe also announced that Japan intends to provide 200 million yen of grant aid for promoting conservation of the marine environment.
  2. In response, President Heine expressed gratitude for the assistance that Japan has extended for many years, and the two sides shared the view that they will cooperate toward the success of PALM8.
  3. Prime Minister Abe stated that he hopes to collaborate and cooperate with the Marshall Islands on the basis of the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy," and the two sides shared the view that they will collaborate under that Strategy.
  4. In addition, Prime Minister Abe asked that consideration be given to stable operations by Japanese fishing vessels and requested cooperation with recovery of the remains of war dead. The two leaders exchanged views on challenges and cooperation in the international community, including whaling, and on regional affairs, including North Korea.

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