Japan-Tunisia Foreign Minister’s Meeting
On August 26th, commencing at 9:00 PM (local time, 5:00PM on August 26th JST) for approximately 65 minutes, Mr. Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the Eighth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8), held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Othman Jerandi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad of the Republic of Tunisia. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Jerandi welcomed Foreign Minister Hayashi's visit to Tunisia and expressed his hope that this visit will further deepen the friendship between Japan and Tunisa. In response, Minister Hayashi thanked the Tunisian people for their heartwarming welcome and expressed his desire to deepen the cooperative relationship as "partners growing together" through TICAD 8. Both Ministers affirmed their commitment to make TICAD 8 a success and bring bilateral relations to a higher level.
- Minister Hayashi then stated that Japan will support Tunisia's economic reform efforts and expressed his hope that the National Assembly elections this December will be conducted in an appropriate manner with broad public support and procedural transparency. Foreign Minister Jerandi thanked Japan for its continued support for Tunisia and expressed his desire to strengthen cooperation with Japan for realization of economic and social development that Tunisia is seeking.
- Furthermore, the two Ministers exchanged views on regional and global issues. Minister Hayashi stated that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine shakes the very foundations of the international order and it is necessary for countries in the international community to cooperate in its response. Also, they shared the view to work together in dealing with North Korea, including on the nuclear, missile, and abductions issues. Also, they confirmed to cooperate in tackling issues such as nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation, and development finance as well as the Security Council Reform. In particular, they concurred on continued cooperation for international peace and stability, including Africa as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (Japan:2023-2024) and a member of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (Tunisia: 2022-2024).
- Following the Foreign Ministers' meeting, the two Ministers held a signing ceremony for the Technical Cooperation Agreement and a Memorandum of Cooperation on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).