Japan-Burkina Faso Relations

August 29, 2019

On August 29, for about 15 minutes from 10:05 a.m., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Roch Marc Christian Kabore, President of Burkina Faso, in Yokohama, Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. President Kabore is visiting Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held from August 28 to 30.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Abe stated, “I commend the efforts of Burkina Faso towards peace and stability in the midst of handling difficult issues in the Sahel region. Japan would like to support Burkina Faso’s efforts towards nation building through the development of human resources and institutions. I wish to express condolences to the victims of the recent terrorist attack.” In response, President Kabore expressed gratitude for Japan’s cooperation in education, public safety measures, and infrastructures, and stated words of congratulations on His Majesty the Emperor’s enthronement.
  2. Following that, Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s intention to support the efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and improvement of food security in Sahel region, which is affected by a severe drought, with a view to assisting the efforts of G5 Sahel. The Prime Minister Abe also stated that Japan would promote the West Africa “Growth Ring” and work toward enhancing connectivity. Prime Minister Abe stated Japan’s intention to assist road improvement. In response, President Kabore expressed his expectations for Japan’s assistance in the field of public safety measures and education including school constructions. Furthermore, President Kabore highly valued and welcomed the “New Approach for Peace and Stability in Africa (NAPSA)” which Prime Minister Abe announced on the previous day.
  3. The two leaders also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform, and the North Korea situation.

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