Japan-Rwanda Relations

Prime Minister Abe Meets with Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda

March 14, 2015

On March 14, commencing at 5:05 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Rt. Hon. Anastase MUREKEZI, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, who was staying in Sendai in order to attend the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. An overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Abe expressed his welcome for the first visit to Japan by Prime Minister Murekezi, and expressed his desire to cooperate with the Prime Minister in making the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction a success and to have him see the recovery of Sendai from the disaster. In response, Prime Minister Murekezi expressed his gratitude for the assistance to date from Japan to Rwanda, and stated that he was impressed by the resilience of Japan, which had recovered from the earthquake disaster.

2. Prime Minister Abe stated that he would like to cooperate toward the next TICAD, which is scheduled to be held in Africa in 2016. In response, Prime Minister MUREKEZI stated that Rwanda highly values Japan’s Africa policy through the TICAD process and that he would like to actively cooperate toward its success, and expressed his hopes for further increase in the presence of Japanese companies in Rwanda. The leaders exchanged views regarding cooperation to achieve the reform of the UN Security Council and other issues.