Japan-Namibia Summit Meeting
On August 29, for about 10 minutes, from 7:40 p.m., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with H. E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, in Yokohama, Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. President Geingob is visiting Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) held from August 28 to 30.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe remarked that Japan highly appreciates Namibia maintaining stable democratic governance since its independence in 1990 and stated, “We are interested in the potential of Namibia with its rich resources and look forward to promoting business relations.” In response, President Geingob thanked Japan for inviting him to TICAD 7 and expressed appreciation to the series of assistance Namibia has been receiving from Japan.
- Following that, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan hopes to further strengthen the bilateral relations as the two countries celebrates 30th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations next year. President Geingob remarked that he also wished to strengthen the bilateral relations with Japan. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s intention to cooperate in vocational training and strengthening of logistical capacity as well as providing support to Namibia tackling with the serious damages caused by the drought. In response, President Geingob expressed appreciation for the humanitarian assistance provided to those affected by the flood and the drought and for the support in infrastructure development.
- The two leaders also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform, and the North Korea situation.