Japan-Tonga Relations

June 30, 2021
Japan-Tonga Leaders Video Teleconference Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On June 30, commencing at 11:50 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Japan-Tonga leaders video teleconference meeting with Hon. Rev. Dr. Pōhiva TU’I’ONETOA, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Suga stated that Pacific Island countries such as Tonga 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 Tu’i’onetoa toward a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific."
  2. Prime Minister Suga expressed his intention to continue supporting Tonga with measures against COVID-19 and to give an assistance for the improvement of disaster management in Tonga.
  3. In response, Prime Minister Tu’i’onetoa expressed his gratitude for Japan's long-standing support. Both sides concurred on cooperating toward the success of the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting.
  4. The two leaders also exchanged views on regional issues, including the response to North Korea. Prime Minister Suga requested understanding and cooperation for the abduction issue.
  5. 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.

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