Foreign Minister Kono Pays a Courtesy Call on the President of the Marshall Islands
August 8, 2019
On August 8, commencing at 3:45 p.m. (local time; 0:45 p.m. JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Dr. Hilda C. Heine, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, in its capital city of Majuro. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows. (The courtesy call on the Marshall Islands’ side was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Silk and others.)
1. At the beginning, Minister Kono stated that his visit marks the first visit to the Marshall Islands by a Japanese Foreign Minister, and that he was glad to be able to visit the Marshall Islands, a friend with deep historical ties.
2. In response, President Heine welcomed Minister Kono’s visit and expressed appreciation for all of Japan’s supports, stating that they have played an important role.
3. The two sides exchanged opinions regarding Japan’s cooperation for the sustainable development of the Marshall Islands, including disaster risk reduction.
4. The two sides discussed cooperation between Japan and the Marshall Islands in wide-ranging areas, including fisheries, collection of the war dead remains, people-to-people exchanges, tourism, trade and investment, and shared the view to work closely in these fields.
5. 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.