Japan-Kenya Relations

May 27, 2017

On Sunday, May 27, commencing at about 9:20 a.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the Italian Republic to attend the G7 Taormina Summit, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, who attended the G7 Outreach Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows. (The meeting was attended on the Kenyan side by Ambassador Amina C. Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and on the Japanese side by Mr. Koichi Hagiuda, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary.)  

  1. Prime Minister Abe stated that he was pleased to have guided the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in August last year to a success together with President Kenyatta, and he also congratulated Cabinet Secretary Amina on being awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe stated that he hoped to further strengthen cooperation in areas such as developing the Mombasa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform.
  2. In response, President Kenyatta expressed gratitude for the decoration conferred on Cabinet Secretary Amina, and stated that he was sincerely delighted with the success of TICAD VI and Prime Minister Abe’s state visit to Kenya and was grateful for Japan’s continuous support with Kenya’s economic and social development including Mombasa SEZ development and the energy sector. President Kenyatta stated that he hoped to continue to work together with Japan in the international arena including the UN reform.
  3. In addition, Prime Minister Abe and President Kenyatta exchanged views on regional affairs including South Sudan and North Korea.

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