Japan-Seychelles Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
December 5, 2018
On December 5, commencing at around 7:30 p.m. for approximately 90 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Vincent Meriton, Vice President and Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Seychelles, who was making a working visit to Japan. The overview is as follows.
- Minister Kono welcomed Vice President Meriton’s visit to Japan and expressed his intention to further deepen the bilateral relationship between Japan and Seychelles, which is situated in an important geographical location in the Indian Ocean, and to continue to work closely for the success of TICAD 7 scheduled to be held in 2019.
- In response, Vice President Meriton expressed his gratitude for Japan’s contribution to the development of Africa, including Seychelles, and to the peace and stability of the international community through the TICAD process. Vice President Meriton confirmed President Danny Faure’s attendance at TICAD 7, and the two Ministers reaffirmed that they will collaborate for the success of TICAD7.
- The two Ministers reaffirmed to further enhance the cordial bilateral relationship, particularly seizing the momentum of establishing the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Seychelles in January 2019.
- Both Ministers exchanged views on matters such as cooperation in the international arena, including the United Nations Security Council reform and the situation in North Korea. With regard to North Korea, the two Ministers shared the view that the full implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions is necessary for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Minister Kono also requested understanding and cooperation for resolving the abductions issue and Vice President Meriton expressed understanding for this.
- Following the meeting, Japan-Seychelles Foreign Ministers’ Joint Press Statement（English(PDF)）／（Japanese(PDF)） was issued.