Attendance of Mr. Ryuji Yamane, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, at the Inauguration Ceremony of the President of the Republic of Guatemala (Overview)

January 16, 2012

  1. On Sunday, January 15 (Saturday, January 14, local time), Mr. Ryuji Yamane, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, attended the inauguration ceremony of H.E. Mr. Otto Perez Molina, President of the Republic of Guatemala, held in Guatemala City, as a Special Envoy of Japan.

  2. In his speech at the inauguration ceremony, President Perez Molina offered his gratitude for the support received from the international community for the election of Guatemala as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. He also expressed his hope for the continued cooperation of each donor country, and stated that Guatemala will collaborate with the international community to tackle security issues.

  3. Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Yamane took this occasion to hold talks with President Perez Molina. At the meeting, President Perez Molina expressed his gratitude for the Japanese economic cooperation, and stated that Guatemala hoped to continue to construct cooperative relationships with Japan. In response, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Yamane conveyed his congratulations on President Perez Molina’s inauguration and expressed gratitude for the sympathy and support received from the people and the government of Guatemala at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake. He also mentioned Japan’s intention to continue economic cooperation within its capability. In addition, both sides agreed on maintaining cooperation toward the improvement of the human rights situation in North Korea, including the abduction issue.

  4. Besides the above meeting, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Yamane held talks with H.E. Mr. Alvaro Colom Caballeros, outgoing President of the Republic of Guatemala. H.E. Mr. Colom stated that his visit to Japan in October 2010 had been an unforgettable experience, and expressed his deep gratitude for the economic cooperation which Japan has been continuing regardless of the serious situation caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)