Japan-Mauritania Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
November 8, 2011
On Tuesday, November 8, commencing at 7:00 p.m. for around two hours, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Koichiro Gemba held a meeting and dinner with H.E. Mr. Hamadi Ould Baba Ould Hamadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, at the Iikura Guest House. The Foreign Ministers exchanged opinions on the relationship between Japan and Mauritania, cooperation in the international arena, and other matters. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamadi is visiting Japan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the start of the meeting, Foreign Minister Gemba said he would like to take the opportunity of Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamadi’s visit to Japan to further strengthen the relationship between Japan and Mauritania. Foreign Minister Gemba also said that, in faithfully realizing a pledge to support Africa that was stated at the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV), Japan wants to pursue economic cooperation with Mauritania, centering on Basic Human Needs such as basic education, water supply and health.
- In response, Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamadi again expressed his sympathies over the Great East Japan Earthquake, and at the same time expressed his gratitude for Japan’s support. He said Mauritania is placing a great deal of emphasis on maintaining public security, including the safety of foreigners, and said that Mauritania wants to actively cooperate with Japan in a range of sectors, including supporting market entries by Japanese companies.
- Furthermore, the Foreign Ministers exchanged opinions on the international situation, and agreed to continue to cooperate in the future on the various challenges in the international arena, including the reform of the United Nations Security Council.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)