Japan-Solomon Relations

May 23, 2015
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On May 23, commencing at 4:54 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from Hon. Douglas Ete, Deputy Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, who is visiting Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7). The outline of the meeting is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Abe welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Ete to Japan, and expressed his appreciation for being able to host PALM7 in Iwaki under robust reconstruction, which set a fitting start of a new partnership between Japan and the 14 Pacific Island Countries. Prime Minister Abe also informed Prime Mnister Ete of the formal decision recently made to establish the Embassy of Japan in the Solomon Islands, and expressed his wish to further strengthen relations between the two countries.

2. In response, Deputy Prime Minister Ete stated that he would also like to further strengthen relations between the two countries while referring to the long cordial relations between Japan and Solomon Islands. Deputy Prime Minister Ete also highly appreciated PALM7 concluded in great success.

3. Prime Minister Abe conveyed the Government’s intention to provide approximately 3.2 billion yen funding for roads and bridges development, and stated that Japan would continue to provide robust support for the sustainable development of the Solomon Islands. Deputy Prime Minister Ete responded with appreciation, expressing his determination to take the best advantage of Japan’s assistance for further development of Solomon Islands.

4. The two leaders shared the view to cooperate on Japan’s initiative of proposing the World Tunami Day to the United Nation, and exchanged views on issues and cooperation in the international community including climate change, fishery, and the United Nations Security Council reform.

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