Japan- Gabon Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On August 26, commencing at 5:00p.m. (local time; August 27, 1:00a.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. Michael Moussa ADAMO, for Foreign Affairs of the Gabonese Republic. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Adamo for his participation in TICAD 8. Minister Hayashi also stated that Japan would continue to support Gabon's development efforts in a wide range of areas, including health, education, and environmental conservation, as well as providing USD three million in cold chain development assistance to strengthen the vaccination system. In response, Minister Adamo expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe, and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude. Minister Adamo then stated that Gabon puts great importance on TICAD, and expressed his appreciation for Japan's extensive support and his hope for Japan’s further investment. Both sides confirmed to work for further development of bilateral relations through promoting investment including startups 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. Minister Adamo stated 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, 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.