Prime Minister Abe Visits Tajikistan
An overview of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to the Republic of Tajikistan is as follows.
1. Itinerary of the visit
2. Overview of major events
(1) Summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President of the Republic of Tajikistan (Announcement of a Japan-Tajikistan Joint Statement following the meeting)
I. Bilateral relations
(i) General remarks
Prime Minister Abe first stated that he is the first Japanese prime minister to visit Tajikistan, and then expressed his condolences regarding flood damage that Tajikistan sustained in July this year.
Prime Minister Abe commented on the decision to dispatch an Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan to Tajikistan next year and the decision for introducing a multiple visa with regard to diplomatic and official passports.
President Rahmon commented on the technological and humanitarian support that Tajikistan has received from Japan to date, and stated his hope that Tajikistan will receive investment and financial cooperation from Japanese private companies. President Rahmon then requested support related to disaster recovery, mentioning the fact that Tajikistan is a mountainous country.
Prime Minister Abe stated that the successes of Tajikistani and Japanese joint ventures will send a positive message to Japanese companies. Prime Minister Abe then commented that there is still much potential for economic and trade development, and mentioned various types of economic cooperation projects.
(iii) Human resources development
Prime Minister Abe outlined the Japanese Government’s intent to utilize technical colleges and other institutions of Japanese education in engineering to assist Tajikistan in the training and development of human resources in advanced industries. Prime Minister Abe then stated that personnel of Tajikistan have been invited to Japan in order to make the relevant preparations.
II. Cooperation on regional issues
(i) The two leaders commented on cooperation regarding the“Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue, and the problem of transportation and logistics, which is the most important challenge related to development in the region, and expressed intent to examine specific measures for cooperation.
(ii) Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan intends to continue providing cooperation regarding border control and counter narcotics in relation to terrorism and extremism, which are very important issues for Tajikistan since it shares a long border with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
(iii) Prime Minister Abe requested the understanding and support of Tajikistan with regard to the implementation of bilateral cooperation related to water problems, which are a significant challenge for the region, with the aim of alleviating such problems.
III. Regional affairs
(i) President Rahmon explained that the situation in Afghanistan can affect all of Central Asia since this country shares borders with some countries in the region. Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan intends to continue with initiatives focused on stability and development in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Abe then welcomed the conclusion of a proposed agriculture-related project to control locusts, as this will be beneficial for Afghanistan and the entire region of Central Asia. The two leaders exchanged opinions on ISIL and other terrorism issues.
(ii) In regard to North Korea, Prime Minister Abe stated that the country is blatantly violating the United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution by continuing to develop nuclear weapons and missiles, and that the international society should work together in calling on North Korea to restrain its provocative actions and strictly observe the UN Security Council Resolution. Prime Minister Abe also stated that the North Korea abduction issue is a high priority for Japan, and expressed his hope for the understanding and cooperation of Tajikistan in working toward an early resolution.
IV. Cooperation in the global arena
(i) General remarks
Prime Minister Abe indicated that Japan will make further contributions to the peace and stability of the international society, from the position of “Proactive Contribution to Peace” and also based on the recently enacted “Legislation for Peace and Security.” Prime Minister Abe called for support of Japan’s efforts in this area.
(ii) United Nations
Prime Minister Abe stated that it is important to realize an early start to intergovernmental negotiations based on written agreements, so as to obtain specific outcomes of the reforms of the UN Security Council during the current session of the UN General Assembly. Prime Minister Abe also called for the active support and participation of Tajikistan in regard to this.
(iii) World Tsunami Day
Prime Minister Abe expressed his appreciation regarding Tajikistan’s decision to sponsor the United Nations General Assembly resolution aimed at making November 5 “World Tsunami Day.”
(2) Honoring Dr. Akino, Former Civil Affairs Officer of UNMOT
(3) Dinner hosted by President Rahmon
Commencing at 5:20 p.m. local time for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe attended a dinner at the Presidential Palace hosted by President Rahmon. The dinner started with a speech and toast led by President Rahmon. Prime Minister Abe expressed that he was very happy to be the first Japanese prime minister to visit Tajikistan. Prime Minister Abe then conveyed his gratitude to President Rahmon and the people of Tajikistan for their warm welcome. Prime Minister Abe commented on the Summit Meeting, Floral Tribute at the Somoni Statue, and Floral Tribute at the plaque honoring Former Civil Affairs Officer Yutaka Akino and other United Nations personnel that had taken place earlier that day. Prime Minister Abe pointed out that Japanese personnel have been very actively engaging in development in Tajikistan through various international organizations and NGOs. Prime Minister Abe also stated that he hopes Japan and Tajikistan will develop an even closer relationship through the activities of such personnel and the persons invited to the dinner. Following this, entertainment was provided during the meal, including a performance given by a Tajikistani orchestra, and the dinner event took place in a genial and harmonious atmosphere from beginning to end.