Foreign Minister Hayashi’s Courtesy Call on President NDAYISHIMIYE of Burundi
On August 27, commencing at 06:15 p.m. (local time; August 28, 02:15 a.m. JST) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8), paid a courtesy call on H.E. General Évariste NDAYISHIMIYE, President of the Republic of Burundi. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi, mentioning the 60th anniversary of the Japan-Burundi friendship, commended Brundi’s initiatives to improve its human rights situation and to stabilize internal situations, and stated that Japan intends to support Burundi, the new chair of the East African Community, in its commitment to peace and stability of the region. In response, President Ndayishimiye expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude. President Ndayishimiye then emphasized the importance of TICAD for Burundi and expressed his appreciation for Japan's extensive support. President Ndayishimiye expressed his hope for Japan’s further assistances for infrastructure and human resource development to rebuild the nation and for Japan’s investment in mineral resources. Both sides confirmed to work for further development of bilateral relations based on the outcome of TICAD 8.
- Minister Hayashi then stated that it is essential for the international community to cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue contributing to strengthening food security in Africa. President Ndayishimiye stated that he appreciates the support from Japan. Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness of development finance and the two sides confirmed to cooperate with each other.
- Furthermore, the two sides shared the view to continue to work together in responding to regional and international issues, such as North Korea, including on the nuclear, missile, and abductions issues and strengthening of the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the Security Council reform. They also confirmed to coordinate to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.