Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to visit Switzerland, Kenya and Rwanda

October 25, 2005

  1. Mr. Ichiro Aisawa, Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit Geneva (Switzerland), the Republic of Kenya and the Republic of Rwanda from October 25 (Tue) to 30 (Sun).
  2. In Geneva, Mr. Aisawa will attend a Ministerial-level Meeting for assistance of the countries affected by the South-Asia Earthquake, meet and have talks with key persons of international organizations, including the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to promote Japan's humanitarian assistance diplomacy in accordance with the concept of the Trust Fund for Human Security.
  3. After leaving Geneva, the Senior Vice-Minister will visit the Republic of Kenya to visit the refugee camps administered by the UNHCR, thereafter he will visit the Republic of Rwanda as the first senior Japanese official to do so in 23 years. During his short stay in Rwanda, he will visit project sites for fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Kigali, funded by the Global Fund and also hold bilateral meetings with high ranking Rwandan officials.
  4. It is expected that Mr. Aisawa's visit will be a good opportunity to demonstrate Japan's assistance for the large-scale earthquake disaster that hit in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the surrounding areas. It is also hoped that the visit will show Japan's contribution in humanitarian assistance to the international society through the exchange of views with international organizations for human assistance and visit to a project site, as well contributing to even stronger Japan-Kenya and Japan-Rwanda relations.

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