Japan-Angola Foreign Ministers’ Video Conference
On March 26, commencing at 7 p.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a video conference with H.E. Mr. Teté António, Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his hope that TICAD8, 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, and also expressed his willingness to cooperate with Angola toward TICAD8. In response, Minister António conveyed his intention to strengthen bilateral relations through participation to the TICAD, referring to Japan as an important partner for Angola.
- Minister Hayashi stated that 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 further mentioned that Japan strongly condemns Russia for its attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force, which shakes the very foundations of the international order. Also, Minister Hayashi asked Angola to cooperate, and the two sides confirmed that they would closely collaborate on this matter. Furthermore, Minister Hayashi referred to the impact of the current situation in Ukraine on the increase in 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 fairness and transparency of development finance, and the Ministers confirmed their continued cooperation.
- Following that, Minister Hayashi expressed concern about the increase in oil price affected by the ongoing situation in Ukraine. He emphasized that the stabilization of the international oil market could benefit both producing and consuming countries of oil, and that Angola could play a significant role by supplying greater amount of oil. In response, Minister António expressed his understanding of the concern. 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. In addition, the Ministers shared the intention to continue working closely together to enhance bilateral relationship following the discussions at the TICAD Ministerial Meeting.