On December 18, commencing at 5 p.m.for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Edgar C. Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, who is paying an official working visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Kono stated that he was honored to welcome President Lungu and expressed his hope that President Lungu’s visit to Japan will reinforce the friendly relations between the two countries. In response, President Lungu expressed his gratitude for Japan’s consistent support to Zambia.
- Minister Kono expressed his hope for President Lungu’s attendance in the TICAD7 which will be held in Yokohama in August next year. In response, President Lungu stated he is looking forward to attending at the TICAD7 and that Zambia will cooperate for the success of TICAD7.
- Furthermore, Minister Kono stated that Japan will continue to support Zambia’s sustainable development through cooperation in such area as health, human resources development and infrastructure development. Also, the two sides exchanged views on enhancing bilateral relations, including in the field of economy, and welcomed the substantial progress of the negotiation on the bilateral investment agreement.
- Minister Kono appreciated Zambia’s support for Osaka, Kansai in the election of the host country of World Expo 2025 and called on Zambia’s participation in the Expo.