Japan-Palau Relations

May 8, 2022
Foreign Minister Hayashi shaking hands with Minister Aitaro
Minister Aitaro and Foreign Minister HAYASHI at the meeting

On May 8, commencing at 10:30 a.m. local time (same time, JST) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was visiting the Republic of Palau, held a meeting with Hon. Gustav AITARO, Minister of State of the Republic of Palau. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Aitaro welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit and expressed his honor to see him. In response, Minister Hayashi stated that he would like to work with Minister Aitaro, who is familiar with Japan, to further promote Japan-Palau relations.
  2. Regarding the bilateral relationship between Japan and Palau, the two sides concurred to cooperate in preparation for the Tenth Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, and confirmed that they will continue to work closely together in the areas of agriculture and livestock industry, fisheries including stable operation of Japanese fishing vessels in Palauan waters, and the collection of remains of Japanese war dead.
  3. The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues in international society and concurred that they strongly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine and respond in cooperation in a resolute manner with the international community. They also confirmed that they would continue to cooperate in responding to North Korea, including on the nuclear and missile issues, such as the series of ballistic missile launches including one on May 7, and the abductions issue. In addition, Minister Hayashi thanked Palau for its support for Japan's position in the international arena, and the two sides concurred to continue to promote cooperation in this area.

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