Japan- Uganda Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On August 26, commencing at 5:30p.m. (local time; August 27, 1:30a.m. JST) for approximately 30 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. Gen. Odongo Jeje Abubakhar, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated he was pleased to meet with Minister Odongo again following the TICAD Ministerial Meeting in March. Minister Hayashi also expressed his appreciation for Uganda’s initiatives toward peace and stability in the East African region, including the deployment of troops to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). In response, Minister Odongo expressed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe, and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude. Minister Odongo then appreciated Japan's actions through TICAD to date, including the Africa Business Education Initiative (ABE Initiative), and expressed his gratitude for Japan's extensive support enabling development and improved livelihoods in Uganda. The both 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 Odongo stated that the vulnerability of food security in Africa is evident and that he appreciates the support from Japan. 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.