Courtesy call on Foreign Minister Taro Kono by the Permanent
Representatives of Republic of Paraguay and Barbados, and the
Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Republic of Haiti to the United Nations
On July 1st, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call by H.E. Mr. Julio Cesar ARRIOLA RAMIREZ, Permanent Representative of Republic of Paraguay to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Henrietta Elizabeth THOMPSON, Permanent Representative of Barbados to the United Nations, and Mr. Patrick SAINT-HILAIRE, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of Republic of Haiti to the United Nations, and had discussions for approximately 15 minutes. The outline of the courtesy call is as follows.
1. Foreign Minister Kono expressed his heartfelt welcome for their visit to Japan, and emphasized the importance of the partnership between Japan and the Latin America and the Caribbeans (LAC) region, which share fundamental values such as democracy, human rights, and free trade. In addition, Foreign Minister Kono stated that Japan wishes to strengthen collaboration with the LAC countries to achieve tangible progress on the UN Security Council (UNSC) reform, in order to better reflect the realities of the international community in the 21st century.
2. The representatives responded with their appreciation for the invitation as well as for Japan’s contribution to the UN and the LAC countries. They expressed their wish to further strengthen the cooperation between Japan and the LAC countries on challenges in the international arena including the UNSC reform and climate change.