Japan-Cameroon Relations

August 28, 2022
Photo session before the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
(Photo) Japan- Cameroon Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On August 28, commencing at around 12:20p.m. (local time; same day, around 08:20 p.m. JST) for approximately 30 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), held a Foreign Ministers’ meeting with H.E. Mr. Lejeune Mbella Mbella, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Cameroon. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Mbella Mbella for his participation in TICAD 8. Minister Hayashi paid tribute to Cameroon's leadership for peace and stability in Central Africa and stated that Japan continues to support Cameroon's efforts to stabilize the northern region through infrastructure development assistance. In response, Minister Mbella Mbella expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe, and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude. Minister Mbella Mbella then, recognizing Japan's actions through TICAD to date, expressed his appreciation for Japan's extensive support and stated that he strongly expects the promotion of investment from Japan to Africa as expressed by Prime Minister Kishida at TICAD 8. The two sides confirmed to work for further development of bilateral relations based on the outcome of TICAD 8.
  2. 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. Minister Mbella Mbella stated that since Cameroon has been heavily affected, he appreciates the support from Japan and that he hopes to deepen cooperation in the agricultural sector. Minister Hayashi also raised the importance of transparency and fairness of development finance and the two sides confirmed to cooperate with each other.
  3. 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, disarmament and non-proliferation, including cooperation in maintaining and strengthening the NPT regime, and strengthening of the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the Security Council reform.

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