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Japan-Africa Security Council Members' Summit Meeting

On 18 September, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who visited New York to attend the 72nd United Nations General Assembly, held a summit meeting with the heads of state of African countries mainly those are members of the UN Security Council. The meeting commenced at 4:50 p.m. (local time) and lasted for approximately 40 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows:

  1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to discuss pressing challenges facing both the Asian and African regions. With regard to peace and stability in Africa, the Prime Minister reviewed the contributions of Japan, such as the deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Force engineering unit to South Sudan and its support for peacekeeping training centers in Africa. Turning to Asia, he also stated that North Korea’s nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches are an unprecedented, grave and imminent threat to international peace and security. On that basis, Prime Minister Abe noted the importance of applying pressure at an unprecedented and new level on North Korea, and emphasized the need to fully implement the relevant Security Council resolutions, including the recently adopted Resolution 2375, in order to avoid any loopholes in the sanctions regime. The Prime Minister underlined that Security Council reform is urgently required to enable Japan and Africa to contribute more proactively to international peace and stability.
  2. The African heads of state subsequently expressed their appreciation for Japan’s support for peace and stability in Africa. They stated that North Korea’s nuclear tests pose a direct challenge to the international community, and expressed their strong support for Japan’s position, including the complete implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions. They also emphasized the importance of Security Council reform.

Attendees from Africa: H.E. Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H. E. Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, H.E. Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Mr. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, H.E. Professor Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.