Japan-Libya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
August 28, 2019
Mr. Taro KONO, Foreign Minister, held a Meeting with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Al-Taher Siala, Foreign Minister for Government of National Accord of Libya, who is visiting Japan to attend the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), commencing at 5:30 p.m. on August 28 for approximately 30 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Kono expressed welcome to Minister Siala’s visit to Japan and stated that he was pleased to meet Minister Siala again since their last meeting in September 2017. Also, Minister Kono stated that he hoped to further strengthen the ties between the two countries through TICAD7, working together with Minister Siala. In response, Minister Siala stated that he was honored to participate in TICAD7 and was pleased to have an opportunity to reconfirm a long-standing friendship between the two countries.
- Following that, the two ministers shared the recognition that there is no military solution to the conflict in Libya and peaceful solution is imperative. Furthermore, Minister Kono stated that Japan would continue to support Libya though the cooperation with UNDP and human resources development, including ABE Initiative.
- The two ministers exchanged views regarding the situation in North Africa and cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform.