Japan-Palau Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On February 11, commencing at 3:00 p.m. local time (12:00 p.m. February 11 JST) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was visiting Suva, the Republic of Fiji, to attend the PALM 5th Ministerial Interim Meeting, held a meeting with Hon. Gustav AITARO, Minister of State of the Republic of Palau. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that through their meeting last January, she renewed her determination to enhance the “tokubetsu” (special) relationship with Palau, a longstanding friend with whom Japan shares the fundamental values and principles. She also stated that she would like to discuss the issues which both countries strategically tackle together in the course of the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations. In response, Minister Aitaro mentioned that Palau enjoys the “tokubetsu” relationship with Japan which was nurtured through the long history with Japan and was eager to further enhance the cooperative relations with Japan.
Minister Kamikawa explained that as the world faces a historic turning point, it is critical to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law and ensure the world where the human dignity is protected. Minister Kamikawa also stated that taking into account the situational changes in the Pacific region, it is important to strengthen the relations with Pacific Islands countries by meeting the needs of each country.
The two ministers confirmed that they would work together to enhance the bilateral relations between Japan and Palau by taking into account as the situation developed.
The two ministers concurred to work even more closely toward the PALM 10 to be held this year.
Minister Kamikawa presented a box foiled with Kanazawa gold leaf in the hope of supporting the recovery of those areas affected by Noto Peninsula Earthquake.