Mr. Masayoshi Hamada, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Attend the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan), and Visit the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

April 16, 2007

  1. Mr. Masayoshi Hamada, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, will visit the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, from April 17 (Tue) to 25 (Wed).
  2. As a special envoy of the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Hamada will attend the inauguration ceremony of H.E. Mr. Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdellahi, President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, which will be held on April 19 (Thu) in the capital, Nouakchott.  In Mauritania, the presidential election was held on March 11 (Sun) (first ballot) and 25 (Sun) (run-off vote).  Following the election of H.E. Mr. Abdellahi as the new President on March 29 (Thu), the forthcoming presidential inauguration has been announced to take place.
  3. The Government of Japan provided emergency grant aid to Mauritania through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to support the whole electoral process including the presidential election.  Japan has decided on the dispatch of a special envoy of the Prime Minister from the standpoint of maintaining and strengthening friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries.
  4. Mr. Hamada will also visit the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from April 23 (Mon) to 25 (Wed) to attend an International Conference on the Mekong River Commission and to meet with the leaders of Viet Nam.
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