Japan-Kuwait Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On September 27, commencing at 11:05 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, Representative of H.H. the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Minister of Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Japan to attend the State Funeral of former Prime Minister Abe. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude for the attendance of Minister Ahmed at the State Funeral of former Prime Minister Abe, and stated that he is delighted to meet Minister Ahmad in person for the first time. Minister Hayashi also stated that Japan and Kuwait have maintained the historical friendship, through cooperation during the Gulf War and the Great East Japan Earthquake, and that he would like to promote further cooperation in a wide range of areas. Minister Ahmad also expressed as the same view as Minister Hayashi’s remarks.
- In response, Minister Ahmad expressed his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government of the State of Kuwait on the demise of former Prime Miniser Abe, and stated that he was deeply saddened by the passing of former Prime Minister Abe.
- Furthermore, the two Ministers confirmed to strengthen dialogues between Japan and Kuwait to elevate the strong partnership between the two counries to a higher level. The two Ministers also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine as well as the international oil market. Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude for the stable supply of oil from Kuwait, and expressed his hopes for Kuwait’s role in stabilizing the international crude oil market. In response, Minister Ahmad stated that Kuwait continues to be committed to providing stable supply of crude oil to Japan. Furthermore, Minister Ahmad expressed his congratulations on the election of Japan as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and both Ministers agreed on cooperation in the international arena.