Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs concludes visit to Solomon Islands; a visit aimed at strengthening Solomon Islands-Japan relations
Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Horii Iwao concluded his 2-days visit to the country, yesterday.
Sent by the Prime Minister of Japan, Fumio Kishida and Foreign Minister, Yoko Kamikawa, Horii’s visit served to convey a message to the Solomon Islands Government.
Speaking to SIBC News before his departure, Minister Horii reiterated the intent to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Solomon Islands and Japan.
“Our standpoint on friendship will never be changed… My visit is to show our intention for deepening our relationship with very important countries such as Solomon Islands,” he emphasized.
Minister Horii’s response tames concerns on the status of Solomon Islands and Japan relations, following Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly on the release of ALPS treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean.
A request was made to meet with Prime Minister Sogavare about Japan’s intentions and the latest facts and data on the discharged ALPS treated water.
However, no response was received from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Nevertheless, Minister Horii understood that his limited time in the country, coupled with the Prime Minister’s busy schedule most likely contributed to this missed opportunity.
“I am looking forward to having the opportunity to see your Prime Minister in the future,” he said.
Horii was able to deliver the message through the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Hon Jeremiah Manele this week.
According to Minister Horii, the information provided by the Japanese Government on the released ALPS treated water consists of three aspects: understanding from the international community, safety and fairness.
SIBC News understands, ensuring transparency and building understanding on the discharge process continues to be done by Japan’s Embassy in Honiara.
By Andrea Ma’ahanua