Japan-Benin Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
October 7, 2010
On October 7 (Thu), for an hour and a half from 6:30 p.m., Mr. Seiji Maehara, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting and a banquet at Iikura House with H.E. Mr. Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration, Francophonie and Beninese Diaspora, who is visiting Japan. The two ministers exchanged views on bilateral relations, cooperation in the international arena, and other matters. The overview is as follows.
- Minister Maehara said in the opening that he would like to use the opportunity provided by Minister Ehouzou’s visit to Japan to realize even closer bilateral relations, noting that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Benin. Minister Maehara also conveyed Japan’s intention to fulfill the pledge on assistance to Africa made at TICAD IV and other venues. For Benin, he said Japan would advance economic cooperation centered on the area of basic living needs, such as education, water, and health.
- In response, Minister Ehouzou welcomed the inauguration of the Embassy of Japan in Benin this January, and with a show of gratitude to Japan’s assistance expressed his intention to continue actively cooperating with Japan in various areas.
- Furthermore, the two ministers shared the view that they would continue cooperating on issues on the agenda in international arena, including the early realization of the United Nations Security Council reform.