Video Conference Meeting between Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Vice President of South Sudan

August 28, 2022
On August 28, commencing at 7:05 p.m. (Japan Time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call online from H.E. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol Agany, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, who is visiting Tunisia to attend the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD8). The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.
1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida told Vice President Abdelbagi that he regretted that he would not be able to participate in the meeting in person, but that he hoped to lead TICAD 8 to a success with the cooperation of Vice President Abdelbagi. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that while Japan is closely following the extension of the deadline for the implementation of the peace agreement with great interest, further active efforts are needed on the part of President Kiir for early realization of national reconciliation and peace and stability. Prime Minister Kishida then stated Japan will continue to support the nation-building efforts of South Sudan. In response, Vice President Abdelbagi, recognizing Japan's actions through TICAD to date, expressed his appreciation for Japan's extensive support for the development and the implementation of the peace agreement of South Sudan. Vice President Abdelbagi also conveyed his condolences to former Prime Minister Abe. Both sides confirmed to work for further development of bilateral relations, based on the outcome of TICAD 8.
2. Prime Minister Kishida then stated that it is essential for the international community to cooperate in its response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, and that Japan intends to continue contributing to strengthening food security in Africa. Vice President Abdelbagi stated that South Sudan is concerned with the war in Ukraine and that this war must be suspended by a diplomatic and peaceful meaning. Prime Minister Kishida also raised the importance of transparency and fairness of development finance and the two leaders confirmed to cooperate with each other on this issue.
3. Furthermore, the two sides shared the view to continue to work together in responding to regional and international issues, such as North Korea, including on the nuclear, missile, and abductions issues and strengthening of the functions of the United Nations as a whole, including the Security Council reform. They also confirmed to coordinate to maintain and strengthen the NPT regime following the recent NPT Review Conference.

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