Japan-Ghana Foreign Minister’s Meeting
On November 4th, commencing at 12:20 p.m. (local time; November 4, 8:20 p.m. JST) for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Germany to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting, held a meeting with Hon. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi has expressed his gratitude for Minister Botchwey’s participation in TICAD 8 in August. Also, Minister Hayashi welcomed the deepening of bilateral relationship between Japan and Ghana. Minister Botchwey stated that Japan and Ghana have a long history of cooperation, and that she appreciates support that has been provided by Japan.
- Both Ministers discussed the necessity of strengthening the functions of the United Nations, and, especially on the Security Council Reform, Minister Hayashi expressed his intension to work together for increasing momentum and commencing text-based negotiations. Minister Botchwey expressed her wish to bring Security Council Reform process forward together in cooperation with Japan.
- Minister Hayashi stated that Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an act that shakes the very foundations of the international order, and the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity enshrined in the UN Charter must be upheld. Also, Minister Hayashi stressed that Russia’s nuclear threat is absolutely unacceptable, and that Russia should never use nuclear weapons under any circumstances. Minister Botchwey stated that Ghana shares the same position of Japan, and wishes to advocate for it together.
- Both Ministers confirmed that they would cooperate together as non-permanent members of the Security Council from January next year and that they would work closely to address various issues that the international community is facing such as addressing North Korea including the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abduction issues.