Attendance of the Inauguration Ceremony of the President of the Republic of Palau by Mr. Shunichi Suzuki, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

January 17, 2013


Mr. Shunichi Suzuki, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited the Republic of Palau from January 16 to 17, and attended the inauguration ceremony of H. E. Mr. Tommy E Remengesau, Jr. , the new president of the republic and paid a courtesy call upon him. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki offered his heartfelt congratulations to the President for his assumption of the presidency, and expressed condolences to the victims of Typhoon which hit the country December last year. Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki then expressed his gratitude for all the support provided by the Government of Palau and its people following the Great East Japan Earthquake. President Remengesau recalled the special relationship between the two countries, and expressed his appreciation, as representative of the people of Palau for the congratulatory address given by Japan. President Remengesau stated that he wished to further strengthen the bilateral relations following the installation of the new government of each country.

Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki responded that he hoped to further promote the two countries’relations, and asked for Palau’s cooperation for the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) Ministerial Interim Meeting to be held in this autumn as well as for the 7th PALM in 2015. President Remengesau stated that Palau would collaborate closely with Japan. President Remengesau also agreed that his government will cooperate with Japan for the collection of Japanese war remains in Palau, in view of the two countries’ historical ties.

2. Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki also referred to the hostage-taking of Japanese citizens in Algeria on January 16, and stated that the Government of Japan was deeply concerned about the incident as totally intolerable. President Remengesau responded that Palau would offer necessary cooperation for Japan in this regard. (Given this situation, Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki cancelled his scheduled visit to the Federated States of Micronesia, returning to Japan immediately.)

3. Taking this occasion, Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki paid a floral tribute at the naval cemetery for Japanese former residents, and visited areas which suffered damages by the typhoon.

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