Japan-Uganda Foreign Minister’s Video Conference
On March 26, commencing at 6:20 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a video conference with Hon. Gen. Odongo Jeje, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda prior to TICAD Ministerial Meeting. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his pleasure to meet with Foreign Minister Odongo for the first time during this commemorative year of the 60th anniversary of the friendship between Japan and Uganda. He then expressed his hope that TICAD 8, to be held in August this year, would be an opportunity to strongly support African-led development and set out a pathway for African development, looking ahead to the post-COVID-19 era. Minister Odongo thanked Minister Hayashi for Japan’s tremendous support to date and expressed his desire to further strengthen bilateral relations between Japan and Uganda.
- Minister Hayashi stated that the recent Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is totally unacceptable, noting that the aggression infringes upon Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and constitutes a serious violation of international law prohibiting the use of force. He also mentioned that Japan strongly condemns Russia for its attempt to unilaterally change the status quo that shakes the very foundations of the international order. He stressed that the international community must unite in taking resolute action. Minister Hayashi also referred to the impact of the current situation in Ukraine on the soaring food prices and the global supply chain, and the two ministers discussed further responses on this matter. In addition, Minister Hayashi emphasized the importance of transparency and fairness of development finance, and also expressed his hope to work together for the United Nations Security Council reform with Uganda, a member of the Committee of Ten（C10）. The two Ministers confirmed that both sides will continue their efforts to achieve the reform.
- 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. Both sides also shared the intention to continue working closely together between Japan and Uganda, following the discussions at the TICAD Ministerial Meeting.