Japan-Egypt Foreign Ministers’ Video Conference
On March 27, commencing at around 8:10 PM for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a video conference with H. E. Mr. Sameh Shoukry, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt. The overview is as follows:
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi, referring to cooperation between Japan and Egypt in Africa to date, 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. He also expressed his desire to seize such opportunities as the COP27 under the Egyptian presidency to further promote cooperation in a wide range of areas. In addition, Minister Hayashi raised the need to address the issue of unfair and opaque development finance. In response, Foreign Minister Shoukry expressed his appreciation for all the support extended by Japan for Egypt's development and expressed his desire to continue to deepen cooperation in the areas of African development and climate change.
- Minister Hayashi also stated that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is a unilateral change of the status quo by force that shakes the very foundation of the international order and thus is totally unacceptable, and expressed his desire to continue working with Egypt. In response, Foreign Minister Shoukry expressed his deep concern about the situation in Ukraine. The Ministers confirmed that they will closely coordinate on the matter.
- Both sides also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa including the Middle East Peace and Libya, and concurred to continue to cooperate in the international arena toward the stability in the region.
- 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.