Japan-Guatemala Summit Meeting

October 22, 2010

Japan-Guatemala Summit Meeting(Photo)
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
Japan-Guatemala Summit Meeting(Photo)
(Photos: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

Prime Minister of Japan Naoto Kan had a bilateral summit meeting at the Prime Minister's Office with President Álvaro Colom Caballeros of the Republic of Guatemala, who is in Japan on a working visit, from 6:00 p.m. to 6:35 p.m. on October 22 (Fri). The outline of the meeting is as follows.

Following the meeting, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Matsumoto and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala Roger Haroldo Rodas Melgar exchanged notes in the presence of Prime Minister Kan and President Colom relating to the provision of Japanese Official Development Assistance for “ZONAPAZ Road Improvement Project (II)” (contribution limit: 9.939 billion yen).

  1. At the start of the meeting, Prime Minister Kan stated that he was delighted to be able to greet President Colom during the 75th anniversary of Japan-Guatemala diplomatic relations. He praised Guatemala for overcoming a long civil war and making efforts for the promotion of democracy and for reconciliation. He also expressed his sympathy for those who suffered from the damages caused by natural disasters such as tropical storm Agatha.

    In response, President Colom expressed his gratitude for the invitation from the Japanese government to Japan and for the sympathy of Prime Minister Kan. He paid his respect to the development of Japan, and stated that he wanted to further develop the already friendly bilateral relationship between the two countries. He noted that both countries share many points in common culturally.

  2. Prime Minister Kan expressed his hope that Guatemala would show leadership as the chair country of the Central American Integration System (SICA) (in the first half of the next year) and announced that Japan would cooperate with Guatemala in the future for recovery efforts following natural disasters.

    President Colom expressed his gratitude for the economic cooperation given by Japan to Guatemala thus far.

  3. In addition to the above, the two leaders exchanged opinions on the strengthening of bilateral economic relations as well as cooperation in the international arena. President Colom reiterated his support for reform which would give Japan a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.