Japan-Palau Relations

Japan-Palau Summit Meeting and Dinner

December 17, 2014

On December 17, commencing at 6:00 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, who is making a working visit to Japan, followed by a dinner with President Remengesau commencing at 6:50 p.m. for approximately one hour. The overview is as follows.

1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe said he is honored to be able to welcome President Remengesau in the year commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and hopes this visit to Japan by President Remengesau will be an opportunity to deepen the relationship between the two countries. Prime Minister Abe also expressed gratitude for President Remengesau’s cooperation with realizing a visit to Palau by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress next year.

2. In response, President Remengesau said that the relationship of friendly cooperation between the two countries predates the establishment of diplomatic relations and Palau is on extremely close terms with Japan, and expressed strong expectations that the partnership between Japan and Palau will be strengthened further.

3. In addition, the two leaders affirmed cooperation as co-chairs toward the successful holding of the Seventh Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture in May next year.

4. Furthermore, the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral cooperation, including cooperating on a project to recover and repatriate the remains of the war dead, maritime and fishing issues, and cooperation in the international arena, including the United Nations Security Council reform, and shared the view that they will strengthen the relationship between the countries in various fields.

5. The dinner held after the meeting took place in an extremely relaxed atmosphere and the two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of subjects.