Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Hariri by Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs
April 25, 2018
On April 25, commencing at 12:50 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on Mr.Saad Hariri, Prime Minister, the Republic of Lebanon on the margin of .the Brussel Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the Region”.The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- In the beginning Minister Kono expressed Japan’s willingness to develop the traditionally amicable relationship further with Prime Minister Hariri, welcoming the new Lebanese Ambassador to Japan this year.
- Minister Kono said that Japan understands well that Lebanon, affected by the serious impact of the situation in Syria and the burden of Palestinian refugees, faces severe internal challenges by accepting a number of Syrian refugees, which now exceed 1/4 of Lebanon’s population. In this regard, Minister Kono informed Prime Minister Hariri of additional humanitarian assistance of 6.3 million USD for Lebanon.
- In reply, Prime Minister Hariri expressed Lebanon’s willingness to enhance its relationship with Japan, particularly in the economic sphere.
- Minister Kono hoped that the parliamentary election in Lebanon in May will be concluded peacefully, seeing that stability in Lebanon is crucial for the stability in the Middle East as a whole.