Japan-Ghana Foreign Ministers’ Video Conference
On March 27th, commencing at 09:10 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a video conference with Hon. Ms. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWEY, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana. The overview of the video conference 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 era. The two Ministers noted the progress in the bilateral relations between Japan and Ghana and confirmed that the two countries will closely cooperate for the success of TICAD 8.
- Minister Hayashi stated that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force and infringes upon Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which constitutes a serious violation of international law and is totally unacceptable, and expressed his desire to continue working with Ghana. Minister Hayashi also stated that it is encouraging that Ghana supported two resolutions at the emergency special sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. Furthermore, Minister Hayashi addressed the impact of the situation in Ukraine on the rising food prices and on the global supply chains, and both sides discussed further responses. Minister Botchwey stated that both countries share the same stance on various issues including this issue. Also, Minister Hayashi raised the importance of transparency and fairness of the development finance and Security Council Reform, and both Ministers confirmed to cooperate each other. In addition, the two 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.
- The two Ministers also had on exchange of views about bilateral relations and shared the view that Japan and Ghana will continue to work closely together to tackle various challenges that Africa and the international community is facing.