President Isaias Afwerki received and held talks with Ambassador Norio Maruyama, the special envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on enhancing bilateral relations between both nations on the 19th of October 2015.
Asserting that Japan is one of the countries in the world that has recorded great economic and technological advances and that it will be a member state of the UN Security Council in 2016, President Isaias said during the meeting that it is Eritrea’s strong conviction for Japan to play signiﬁcantly in ensuring regional peace as well as development in the African continent.
He further added that the growing bilateral economic cooperation between Eritrea and Japan would be further consolidated if both nations focus on spheres that are of mutual interest such as marine resources, mining, and manufacturing at partnership level.
Ambassador Norio Maruyama on his part said that Japan, being a non-permanent member of the UNSC, is already working towards enhancing bilateral relations with Eritrea and contributing to the development of Africa through giving due consideration to the current realities.
Attending the meeting with the Japanese delegation were Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of National Development Dr. Gerghis Tekhlemichael, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ Mr. Yemane Gebreab and Eritrea’s Ambassador to Japan Mr. Estifanos Afwerki.
Also in related news from the visit of the Japanese delegation, the Minister of National Development Dr. Ghiorghis Teklemichael met and held talks with Ambassador Noryo later on the day.
The talks focused on the exploitation of ﬁsheries, marine resources, health, education, sport, culture, infrastructure, climate change, food security and investment opportunities in Eritrea.
Minister Ghiorghis stressed during the meeting that Eritrea highly appreciates Japanese support in exploiting Eritrea’s vast resources and opportunities.
Also during the meeting, discussions were held on Eritrean preparations to take part in the 2020 Olympics in Japan as well as the assistance being extended to Eritrea by Japanese public and private sectors.
Present during the meeting were Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of Political Affairs at the PFDJ, Mr. Estifanos Afwerki, Eritrean Ambassador to Japan, as well as heads from different ministries.