St Kitts and Nevis: Denzil Douglas- Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with the Ambassador of Japan Matsubara Yukata, and held bilateral talks to strengthen partnership during the 44th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government and CARICOM on Thursday, February 16, 2023.
On the side-lines of the 44th Regular Meeting of Heads of Government and CARICOM, he stated that he continues to forge strong partnerships between our Country and the International Community.
“On Thursday, February 16 2023, held bilateral talks with the Ambassador of Japan, Matsubara Yukata, “said the prime minister.
The engagement covered a wide range of issues, including expanding cooperation to tackle current challenges to food security, fisheries, and sustainable marine life and tourism and expressed our commitment to continue to support each other in the international arena.
Denzil Douglas stated that he also used the opportunity to congratulate Japan on its successful bid to host EXPO 2025 in Osaka, confirmed Saint Kitts and Nevis’ participation, and wished Japan well as it continues to prepare for this highly anticipated international exhibition.
He outlined that he received the greetings on Denzil Douglas’ appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“Ambassador Matsubara also extended congratulations on my appointment as the Minister of Foreign Affairs and reiterated the strong and friendly bonds that both countries have built on a firm foundation of shared values, “said the minister.
Denzil Douglas added that turning attention to the Japanese presidency of the G7 and the Summit in Hiroshima in May 2023, congratulations and wishes for success, also articulated some of the pivotal issues Small Island Developing States (SIDS) continue to confront and expressed appreciation in advance for Japan’s advocacy role in this premier international forum.
Saint Kitts and Nevis and Japan enjoy almost 40 years of strong collaboration to build capacity and strengthen systems in key areas such as diplomacy, disaster management, fisheries and the environment.
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