Meeting of Japanese Ambassadors to Middle East and North Africa in 2009
December 18, 2009
- Meeting of Japanese Ambassadors to Middle East and North Africa in 2009 was held over a two-day period from December 17 (Thu) to 18 (Fri) with the participation of the ambassadors to the Middle Eastern and North African countries of Japan.
- At the Meeting, Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, gave an address stating that the situation in the Middle East and North Africa is unstable, and that Japanese diplomacy must be understood by its own people. He also requested the ambassadors to take the lead to make Japanese diplomacy trustworthy among its own people.
- During the Meeting, a broad awareness of the present situation was shared, and exchanges of opinions were held between the ambassadors and the staff of related departments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding what role Japan should play for the pursuit of peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa, which faces various challenges including Middle East peace, situation in Afghanistan, and Iranian nuclear issues. These talks also focused on the importance of constructing multi-layered relationships with the region in a wide variety of fields, not just economic fields centered on energy.
(Reference) Main Events of the 2009 Middle East and North Africa Ambassadorial Meeting
・Address by Minister Okada, exchange of opinions with Minister, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs.
・Exchange of opinions with Vice Minister
・Discussion(Peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa, Construction of multi-layered relationships, etc.)
・Exchange of opinions with Nippon Keidanren
・Lecture by an expert (Mr. Kazuo Mizuno, Chief Economist of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities)
・Reception held by Minister Okada
- Related Information (Relations with Countries and Regions of the World : Middle East)
- Related Information (Relations with Countries and Regions of the World : Africa)