Japan-Equatorial Guinea Relations

August 27, 2016

On August 26, commencing at 7:31 p.m. (local time; August 27 1:31 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting Nairobi, Kenya to attend the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held a Japan-Equatorial Guinea Summit Meeting with H.E. Gen. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe stated his hope to cooperate with President Obiang Nguema to make progress in bilateral relations and achieve success in the historic TICAD Summit Meeting being held in Africa. In response, President Obiang Nguema expressed gratitude for the invitation to TICAD and commented that Japan is a friend to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and hopes to further enhance the current excellent level of cooperation.

2. Prime Minister Abe expressed his hope for investment activities by Japanese companies in Equatorial Guinea, in such fields as natural gas, and requested cooperation in enhancement of the investment environment. In response, President Obiang Nguema noted his hope for cooperation from Japan in various areas including human resource development, agriculture, and fishery.

3. The two leaders also exchanged views on such matters as African development and cooperation in the international arena including United Nations Security Council reform.

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