Japan-Seychelles Summit Meeting
On August 31, for about 15 minutes, from 9:25 am, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Danny Antoine Rollen Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles. The overview of the meeting is as follows. President Faure participated in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) which was held from August 28 to 30.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe stated, “I would like to further deepen the ties between the two countries on the occasion of Your Excellency’s first visit to Japan.” He also stated, “We face common challenges as island countries, including fisheries, marine issues, and disasters, and look forward to exchanging views on this occasion.”
In response, President Faure stated, “Japan and Seychelles have maintained strong ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations,” and expressed gratitude for Japan’s support in the fields of maritime security, disaster risk reduction and fisheries. He also expressed gratitude for the opening of the Embassy of Japan in Seychelles in January 2019.
- Following that, Prime Minister Abe referred to the Special Conference on Promoting Cooperation in the Western Indian Ocean held on the occasion of the TICAD7 and expressed Japan’s intention to support promoting the fisheries industry in Seychelles in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and to support initiatives for strengthening capabilities in maritime safety, in order to develop a free and open Indian Ocean. In response, President Faure stated that Seychelles serves as a hub in the Western Indian Ocean for Japan and East Africa and hopes to strengthen cooperation with Japan. He noted the importance of free navigation in the Western Indian Ocean.
- The two leaders also exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform, and the North Korea situation.