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June 3, 2013
Japan and Libya Foreign Ministerial Meeting

On June 3, for about 25 minutes from 9:45 am, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Mohamed Emohamed Abdulaziz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Libya, in Yokohama, Japan. The following is the gist of the meeting. Minister Abdulaziz is visiting Japan to participate in the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) held from June 1 to 3.

  1. At the beginning of the meeting, Foreign Minister Kishida welcomed Minister Abdulaziz on his first visit to Japan, and paid tribute to Libya’s efforts in overcoming the difficult times and building a new nation. In response, Minister Abdulaziz conveyed his congratulations to the successful progress of TICAD V, and his gratitude to both the public and private sectors of Japan in supporting the new Libya. He also went on to express his intention of building future-oriented and strategic bilateral relations with Japan in a variety of areas, including the political and economic arenas.
  2. In response, Foreign Minister Kishida confirmed that Japan will continue to support Libya’s efforts toward building a new nation. He also stated that he resolutely condemned terrorism in Libya, and communicated his wish for Libya to provide security assistance to Japanese companies as well as to make further efforts in the fight against terrorism. As such, he informed Minister Abdulaziz that Japan has recently decided to provide new assistance in establishing anti-terrorism laws of Libya and enhancing the competence of its security and law enforcement personnel. Furthermore, Foreign Minister Kishida stated that Japan will increase the number of trainings held in Japan that meet the needs of Libya in areas including security, governance and employment promotion. In response, Minister Abdulaziz expressed again his gratitude for Japan’s support, and conveyed his expectations for further private investments from Japan.
  3. In addition, they exchanged opinions concerning cooperation in the international arena, including the development of 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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