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Japan-Guyana Summit Meeting

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo, the President of the Republic of Guyana, at the Prime Minister's Official Residence.

At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Jagdeo, saying, "This month marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Guyana relations. I am very pleased to welcome the President this year, as the relations between our two nations reach their 40th year."

During the summit meeting, the leaders discussed bilateral economic cooperation as well as the strengthening of relations between Japan and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). President Jagdeo explained that Guyana faces a serious issue of flood damage caused by rising sea levels, an effect of global warming, and thus requested Japan's cooperation in the area of the environment. He further stated that "I highly evaluate and support Japan's proposal 'Cool Earth 50,' a strategy to reduce greenhouse gases." The leaders also exchanged opinions on the United Nations Security Council reform and North Korea issues.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Abe and President Jagdeo signed the Joint Declaration on Enhanced Cooperation in Environment and Climate Change Issues between Japan and the Republic of Guyana, which recognizes environment and climate change issues as being challenges for the world as a whole, and aims to further enhance Japan-Guyana cooperation to tackle those issues.

Related link:
Japan-Guyana Relations (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)