Japan-Jamaica Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
December 13, 2016
On December 13, commencing at 4:10 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with Senator The Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica, who is visiting Japan to attend the “World Assembly for Women: WAW! 2016”.
Minister Kishida welcomed Minister Johnson Smith’s visit to Japan, and expressed Japan’s intention to steadily follow up on the “Joint Statement on Enhancing the Partnership between Japan and Jamaica (J-J Partnership) (PDF)”, which was announced by Japan and Jamaica during the visit by Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, to Jamaica last year, as well as to strengthen the Japan-Jamaica and Japan-CARICOM relationships. Minister Kishida also expressed his gratitude to Minister Johnson Smith for her attendance at WAW! 2016 and his hope for fruitful discussions. Minister Johnson Smith expressed her gratitude for the invitation to WAW! 2016.
2. Japan-Jamaica relations
Minister Kishida expressed Japan’s intention to continue to take steps to realize sustainable development through cooperation in disaster risk reduction, energy efficiency and the introduction of renewable energy sources, and other areas, as part of the steady implementation of the “Joint Statement on Enhancing the Partnership between Japan and Jamaica (J-J Partnership)”. In addition, Minister Kishida welcomed the progress in various bilateral exchanges not only at the government-to-government level but also the regional and university levels, among others. Minister Johnson Smith expressed Jamaica’s intention to continue to follow up on the three pillars of the “Joint Statement on J-J Partnership” and further deepen cooperation.
3. Cooperation in addressing challenges of the international community
The two ministers exchanged views regarding United Nations Security Council reform and other matters, and agreed to continue to work together towards addressing the issues faced by the international community.