Japan-Tunisia Foreign Ministers’ Video Conference
On March 27, commencing at 6:00 PM for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a video conference 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 Hayashi expressed his hope to make TICAD 8 to be held in August an opportunity to set out a pathway for African development looking ahead to the post- COVID-19 period, and expressed his gratitude to Tunisia’s advancing preparations as the host country. In addition, Minister Hayashi raised the need to address the issue of transparency and fairness in development finance. In response, Minister Jerandi expressed his hope for close cooperation with Japan for the success of TICAD 8.
- Minister Hayashi also stated that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is a unilateral change of the status quo by force that shakes the very foundations of the international order and thus is totally unacceptable, and expressed his desire to continue working together with Tunisia. In response, Minister Jerandi expressed his deep concern about the situation in Ukraine. The Ministers confirmed that they will closely coordinate on the matter.
- With regard to bilateral relations, Minister Hayashi expressed his hope for Tunisia's current political reforms to advance with broad public support and procedural transparency, and Japan's will to continue to provide assistance for the economic and social stabilization in Tunisia. In response, Minister Jerandi expressed his appreciation for all the support extended by Japan to date for the development of Tunisia. The Ministers also concurred on the importance of establishing a legal framework creating favorable investment environment to further encourage Japanese companies to expand their business in Tunisia. In addition, the Ministers affirmed that they would continue to coordinate in dealing with North Korea, including its latest launch of ICBM-class ballistic missile on March 24th and the abductions issue.