Japan- Niger Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On August 26, commencing at 4:30p.m. (local time; August 27, 0:30a.m. JST) for approximately 15 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. Hassoumi MASSOUDOU, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Niger. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to Minister Massoudou for his participation in TICAD8. Minister Hayashi commended Niger's efforts to promote counter-terrorism in the Sahel region with partners from the international community, and stated that Japan hopes to continue to work together for peace and stability in Niger and the Sahel region. In response, Minister Massoudou expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe, and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude. Minister Massoudou, touching on the importance of stability in the Sahel region, appreciated Japan's actions through TICAD to date and its extensive support. Moreover, Minister Massoudou expressed his hope for further investment from Japanese companies. The two sides confirmed to work for further development of bilateral relations 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 Massoudou stated that he appreciates the support from Japan and was looking forward to continued support. 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.