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Foreign Minister Kamikawa’s Meeting with Prime Minister Shmyhal of Ukraine

February 19, 2024
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shaking hands with Prime Minister SHMYHAL
Photo of the meeting

On February 19, commencing at 5:20 p.m. Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Denys SHMYHAL, Prime Minister of Ukraine, who is visiting Japan to attend the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction, for approximately 25 minutes. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Foreign Minister Kamikawa conveyed that the Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promotion of Economic Growth and Reconstruction was convened successfully, building on the discussions she held with Prime Minister Shmyhal during her visit to Ukraine in January. Minister Kamikawa highlighted the remarkable outcomes of the conference, including the signing of a new tax convention and the signing of over 50 cooperation documents by the public and private sectors. FM Kamikawa stated that she was pleased the conference was able to deliver a powerful message of support for Ukraine through public-private cooperation.
  2. PM Shmyhal expressed his pleasure at meeting FM Kamikawa again following her visit to Ukraine in January. He reiterated his appreciation for the Japan’s continuous support to Ukraine, and he affirmed that the outcomes of today’s conference were outstanding.
  3. FM Kamikawa explained that the afternoon session on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) was organized based on her experience in Ukraine, where she witnessed firsthand the need to support the self-sustaining development of Ukraine while attaching importance to “human dignity” and standing with all the Ukrainian people, including women and children. FM Kamikawa stated that the Ukrainian evacuees were in attendance and that outstanding discussions took place.
  4. The two sides exchanged views on cooperating with the international community, including on the G7’s efforts. FM Kamikawa stated that she would work toward translating the outcomes of today’s conference into tangible initiatives and coordinating with international efforts, including the Ukraine Recovery Conference that will be hosted by Germany in June.
  5. The two sides concurred that, building on PM Shmyhal’s visit to Japan and the outcomes of today’s conference, both governments will work together to further strengthen their bilateral relationship as well as cooperation in the international arena.

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