Japan-Comoros Summit Meeting
On August 31, for about 15 minutes, from 11:00 am, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of the Comoros. The overview of the meeting is as follows. President Azali participated in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held from August 28 to 30.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe stated, “I wish to further deepen the ties between the two countries on the occasion of Your Excellency’s visit to Japan,” and expressed that it will be an honor to welcome President Azali at the Imperial Enthronement Ceremony to be held this October. In response, President Azali offered his congratulations on the success of TICAD7, and expressed his gratitude for Japan’s efforts for regional stability and cooperation with African countries through the TICAD process.
- Following that, Prime Minister Abe referred to the holding of the Special Conference on Promoting Cooperation in the Western Indian Ocean, and expressed Japan’s intent to support enhancement of maritime security in the Comoros and improve its food security, in order to ensure that the Indian Ocean develops as a free and open ocean. In response, President Azali stated, “I highly value Japan’s efforts to ensure free and open maritime order,” and expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support for maritime security, fisheries and human resources development through the ABE Initiative.
- The two leaders also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform, and the North Korea situation.