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Video Message by Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan,
at ‘4th Ministerial Conference of the Moldova Support Platform’

October 17, 2023
  1. On October 17, the "4th Ministerial Conference of the Moldova Support Platform" was co-hosted by France, Germany, Romania, and Moldova in Chișinău, the capital of the Republic of Moldova.
  2. Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs delivered a video message at the conference. The following is a summary of the message.
  1. Russia's aggression against Ukraine is an outrageous act that shakes the very foundation of the international order. Moldova's efforts to date to lend a helping hand to Ukraine should be highly commended. It is a courageous act by Moldova, showcasing its long-standing posture of standing up for the people of Ukraine. I myself have long been involved in support for the people of Ukraine and its neighbors including Moldova, who are facing difficulties. At the end of last year, I was involved in this line of effort called "Overwintering support initiative JAPAN to send generators to Ukrainian people" as the initiator and also as a representative of a group of the Diet members.
  2. Japan has pledged more than 176 million USD to Moldova, which is facing severe consequences of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. I would like to reiterate my utmost respect to Moldova for the tremendous contribution to the protection of Ukrainian lives, despite the difficulties Moldova itself is facing.
  3. This year, Japan decided to provide Moldova with a loan of 100 million USD. It is my sincere hope that the implementation of this financial assistance renders Moldova’s society and economy more resilient. Furthermore, Japan has contributed approximately 17 million USD to the World Bank's Global Concessional Financing Facility to reduce the interest payment burden of Moldova.
  4. We can move closer to sustaining peace by having women actively participate as leaders in conflict resolution, reconstruction and peacebuilding while also protecting and helping women and girls. This is the concept of "Women, Peace, and Security," or WPS. The perspective of women is indispensable in supporting Moldova. Japan is consistently supporting vulnerable people in Moldova, especially women and girls, affected by the aggression through its financial contribution to UN Women.
  5. Japan stands with the government and the people of Moldova and is ready to continue the assistance with our areas of expertise, together with the like-minded countries joining here today.
  1. The Ministerial Conference was cohosted by Moldova, which was represented by H.E. Ms. Maia SANDU (President of the Republic of Moldova), H.E. Mr. Dorin RECEAN (Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova) and H.E. Dr. Nicu POPESCU (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova), France, represented by H.E. Ms. Catherine COLONNA (Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, French Republic), Germany, represented by H.E. Ms. Annalena BAERBOCK (Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany), and Romania, represented by Mr. Mircea ABRUDEAN (Secretary-General of the Government of Romania). In addition, the conference was also attended by representatives of other countries including EU member states and other G7 countries, and international organizations.

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