Foreign Minister Kono Pays a Courtesy Call on the President of Micronesia
On August 7, commencing at 2:50 p.m. (local time; 0:50 p.m. JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, paid a courtesy call on H.E. David W. Panuelo, President of the Federated States of Micronesia(FSM), in its capital city of Palikir. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Minister Kono expressed his gratitude to President Panuelo for FSM’s warm hospitality. Minister Kono stated that his visit marks the first visit to Micronesia by a Japanese Foreign Minister, and that he was glad to be able to visit Micronesia, a friend with historical ties going back over 100 years.
2. In response, President Panuelo welcomed Minister Kono’s visit and expressed appreciation for the important role played by all of Japan’s supports, including official development assistance (ODA).
3. The two sides discussed cooperation between Japan and FSM in wide-ranging areas, including maritime issues, fisheries, collection of the war dead remains, and people-to-people exchanges, and shared the view to continue to work closely in these fields.
4. In addition, the two sides exchanged opinions on regional affairs, such as North Korea issues, and shared the view to deepen bilateral cooperation on them.