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Courtesy call on Foreign Minister Kamikawa by Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community

March 26, 2024
Foreign Minister KAMIKAWA shaking hands with Dr. Barnett, Secretary-General of CARICOM
Meeting between Foreign Minister KAMIKAWA and Dr. Barnett, Secretary-General of CARICOM

On March 26, commencing at 6:30 p.m., Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, received a courtesy call from Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett, Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), for approximately 25 minutes. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa welcomed the visit to Japan by Secretary-General Barnett who has exhibited leadership as the first female Secretary-General of CARICOM in this commemorative year of the Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year, and looking forward to further deepening mutual understanding between Japan and CARICOM and to advancing its partnership in the international community. In addition, Minister Kamikawa stressed that Japan will continue its support for overcoming the vulnerabilities of small island states of CARICOM. Moreover, Minister Kamikawa emphasized the importance of exchanges by younger generations.
  2. Minister Kamikawa, noting that this year is the “Year of Latin America and the Caribbean” when Brazil’s G20 and Peru’s APEC Presidency will draw global attention to the region, expressed Japan’s desire to deepen cooperation with CARICOM countries in a range of areas, including Maritime issues and Women, Peace and Security (WPS), based on the “Diplomatic Initiative toward Latin America and the Caribbean” which she announced last month. The two sides also agreed on the importance of strengthening UN functions, including Security Council reform.
  3. Secretary-General Barnett noted that Japan and the CARICOM countries are both affected by natural disaster and expressed her gratitude for Japan’s cooperation with CARICOM in areas such as disaster risk reduction, and stated that CARICOM would like to continue to collaborate with Japan in climate change and other areas. In addition, Secretary-General Barnett expressed her condolences for the damage caused by the Noto Peninsula earthquake occurred in January.
  4. The two sides exchanged views on the situation in Haiti, an urgent issue in the Western Hemisphere, and concurred to continue working together towards peace and stability in Haiti.

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