Courtesy Call on H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, by Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (Overview)
June 7, 2012
On Thursday, June 7, commencing at 11:35 a.m. for around 20 minutes, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, made a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Hashim Thaci, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, who is visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Gemba welcomed the visit of the Republic of Kosovo's first Prime Minister to Japan, and expressed thanks for the support Japan received from Kosovo at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Additionally, Minister Gemba expressed expectations toward Kosovo's development as a democratic nation in which multiple ethnic groups coexist, and said that Japan will consider extending support in areas such as personnel training.
- Prime Minister Thaci expressed his condolences to the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and his gratitude for support from Japan since Kosovo became independent. He explained that Kosovo is engaging in reform aimed at joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU), and that as a democratic, multiethnic nation it is making efforts in areas such as the free-market economy, transparency and rule of law.
- Prime Minister Thaci stated that he wants to strengthen Kosovo’s ties with Japan in all sectors, and in particular is hoping to attract investment from the Japanese business community.
- Foreign Minister Gemba said that to begin with it will be important to create successful examples of investment from Japan, and that he hopes this visit to Japan by Prime Minister Thaci will serve as a catalyst for investment from Japan.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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