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June 2, 2013
Meeting between Prime Minister Abe and H.E. Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On June 2, for about 15 minutes from 5:40 pm, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a meeting with H.E. Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in Yokohama Japan. The following is the gist of the meeting. Vice President Sambo is visiting Japan to participate in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held from June 1 to 3.

  1. At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe welcomed Vice President Sambo’s visit to Japan and expressed his hope for development both in Africa and on the occasion of the TICAD V, which marks the 20th anniversary of TICAD process. In response, Vice President Sambo expressed his gratitude for the invitation to the TICAD V and for the hospitality he had received, and highly appreciated for the speech delivered by Prime Minister Abe at the plenary session on June 1, which addressed that Japan will continue to support Africa while focusing on partnership between the public and private sectors. Vice President Sambo explained that Nigeria is putting its effort into the development in the fields of electricity, transport, health and ICT, and showed his expectation for receiving assistance from Japan in the field of infrastructure improvement.
  2. Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to strengthen ties with Nigeria, one of the key countries for stability and growth in the West Africa, particularly to cooperate to promote investment from Japanese companies. Prime Minister Abe also stated that Japan commends efforts made by the Government of Nigeria toward the eradication of polio, and conveyed his intention to support Nigeria, including provision of Yen loans, while expressing his expectation for the Government of Nigeria to ensure safety of Japanese businessmen and Japanese working for aid activities.
  3. Vice President Sambo extended his condolences to Japanese victims of the terrorism incident in Algeria, and stated that he would steadily make efforts for ensuring security.
  4. The two parties also exchanged opinions on the cooperation in the international arena, including development in Africa.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.

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