1:00 JST, July 23, 2023
Overseas Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi plans to go to six Asian and African international locations to strengthen cooperative ties with so-called World South nations.
Talking at a press convention Friday, Hayashi stated the journey will happen from the tip of this month into early August and embrace visits to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia — all of that are deemed to be rising and growing nations.
“To understand a free and open Indo-Pacific, we intend to attempt even tougher to strengthen ties with international locations in southwest Asia and Africa,” Hayashi stated.
Whereas in India, Hayashi will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and is anticipated to ship an deal with on the Japan-India Discussion board, with authorities officers and enterprise leaders in attendance.
In economically unstable Sri Lanka, in the meantime, Hayashi will focus on the nation’s debt issues.
Hayashi additionally goals to foster pleasant ties with South Africa and Uganda — each of that are strongly pro-Russia — by deepening cooperation within the subject of meals safety.
Hayashi’s journey will mark the primary time for a sitting Japanese international minister to go to Uganda.