Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by H.E. Mr. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau
December 3, 2013
On December 3, commencing at 10:15 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with H.E. Mr. Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr., President of the Republic of Palau, who is visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Remengesau on his second visit to Japan this year and expressed his condolences for the damage caused by the Typhoon Haiyan, and he said that he wanted to further strengthen cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and in the international arena toward the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Palau next year and the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting in 2015.
2. In response, President Remengesau expressed his gratitude for the Government of Japan's prompt response to the Typhoon Haiyan, and asked for ongoing support. He said that next year is the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 70th anniversary of the end of the war in Palau, and that he hoped that the relationship between the two countries will deepen further.
3. In addition, Prime Minister Abe mentioned that next year Palau will undertake the chairmanship for the Pacific Islands Forum, and said the Government of Japan also wanted to contribute to it. He also said that he wanted to deepen cooperation between the two countries in various fields. President Remengesau expressed his support for that goal.
4. The two leaders also discussed regional affairs, and shared the view that the two countries will cooperate closely.
(Note) Palau considers 1944 as the end of the war, due to the fact that major battles in Palau ended in that year after the battle in the Peleliu Island at the south of Palau.