Japan-Eritrea Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On August 29, for about 20 minutes commencing at 8:45 a.m., in Yokohama, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Foreign Ministers’ meeting with H.E. Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Mr. Osman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, is visiting Japan to attend the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) held from August 28 to 30.

1. 1.At the outset, Foreign Minister Kono remarked, I welcome the opportunity to meet Minister Osman again since our last meeting in March. Together with Minister Osman, I would like to make the seventh TICAD successful and further strengthen ties between the two countries. In response, Minister Osman expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and his hope to deepen the relationship with Japan.

2. 2.Following that, Minister Kono stated that Japan places importance on the peace and stability of Horn of Africa and that Special Conference on Peace and Stability in the Horn of Africa and the Neighbor Region will be held during TICAD7. Minister Kono expressed hopes for the further improvement of relations between countries in the region. Furthermore, Minister Kono stated that through the dispatch of experts and provision of equipment, Japan hopes to contribute to the improvement of the maintenance and management capacity as well as operational effectiveness of water supply facilities. Minister Kono added that Japan would like to support the development of fisheries on the coast of Eritrea through provision of technical cooperation. In response, Minister Osman expressed his gratitude for the support extended by Japan, and his expectation for Japan’s cooperation in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, infrastructure, health, medicine and other areas.

3. 3.The two ministers exchanged views regarding cooperation in the international arena, including UN Security Council reform.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan