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Japan-Senegal Foreign Ministers’ Video Conference

March 26, 2022
Japanese Foreign Minister Mr. HAYASHI is taliking with Senegalese counterpart
Photo of Japan-Senegal Foreign Ministers’ Video Conference

On March 26, commencing at 09:00 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a video conference with H.E. Ms. Aïssata TALL SALL, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Senegalese Abroad of the Republic of Senegal. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi offered his congratulations on Senegal’s assumption of the Chair of the African Union (AU) as well as a successful holding of the World Water Forum, and Minister TALL SALL responded by expressing her gratitude. The two Ministers agreed to work to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries in a wide range of fields, building on the longstanding friendship.
  2. Minister Hayashi expressed his hope that TICAD 8 to be held in August this year would be an opportunity to set out a pathway for African development, looking ahead to the post-COVID-19 era. The two Ministers confirmed that Japan and Senegal, the chair of the AU, will closely cooperate for the success of TICAD 8.
  3. Moreover, Minister Hayashi stated that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force and constitutes a serious violation of international law, which is totally unacceptable. Also expressing that it is encouraging that Senegal supported the "Humanitarian Consequences of Aggression against Ukraine" resolution at the UN General Assembly Emergency Special Session, Minister Hayashi underscored the necessity of the international community’s concerted and decisive response to Russia. Minister Tall explained the Senegalese government's position that international law, national sovereignty and human rights must be respected. Furthermore, Minister Hayashi addressed the impact of the situation in Ukraine on the global supply chains, and both sides discussed further responses.
  4. In addition, Minister HAYASHI emphasized the importance of fairness and transparency of development finance, and expressed his hope to work together for the United Nations Security Council reform with Senegal, which is serving as Chair of the AU. The Ministers confirmed their continued cooperation. The two Ministers also exchanged views on various issues of the bilateral cooperation and the response to North Korea, including the recent launch of ICBM-class ballistic missile on March 24 and the abductions issue, and confirmed that Japan and Senegal will continue to work together.

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