Japan-Solomon Islands Leaders Video Teleconference Meeting
On July 1, commencing at 10:40 a.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-Solomon Islands leaders video teleconference meeting with Hon. Manasseh Damukana SOGAVARE, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Prime Minister Suga stated that Pacific Island countries such as Solomon Islands are important partners to Japan, and that he would like to strengthen relations between the two countries. He also stated that he would like to continue working closely with Prime Minister Sogavare toward a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
- Prime Minister Suga expressed his intention to continue supporting Solomon Islands with measures against COVID-19 and to give an assistance to contribute to addressing climate change in Solomon Islands. He also conveyed that Japan would provide cooperation for infrastructure development. In response, Prime Minister Sogavare expressed his gratitude for Japan's long-standing support. Both sides concurred on cooperating toward the success of the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting.
- Prime Minister Suga requested cooperation for the stable operation of Japanese fishing vessels and the collection and repatriation of the remains of Japanese soldiers of WWII. The two leaders also exchanged views on regional issues, including the response to North Korea.
- Prime Minister Suga stated that Japan was taking all possible infection control measures in preparation for hosting the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in a safe and secure manner.
- The two leaders confirmed that they would work closely to pursue bilateral cooperation as well as cooperation in the international arena.