Japan foreign minister eyes visit to Mauritius, S. Africa, Tunisia

03-Dec-2020 Intellasia | Mainichi | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Japanese Foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi plans to visit Mauritius, South Africa and Tunisia possibly next week to discuss Tokyo’s support measures in response to a major oil spill in the Indian Ocean and the coronavirus pandemic, a government source said Tuesday.

In Mauritius, Motegi will exchange views on ways to help the Indian Ocean island nation recover from damage to its environment and economy following the oil spill caused by a Japanese freighter in July, the source said.

Motegi told Mauritian prime minister Pravind Jugnauth over the phone in September that Japan will provide long-term assistance to the nation, including steps to enhance safety at sea, support the local fisheries industry and restore damaged mangroves.

Japan dispatched an investigative team in October to compile the cooperative measures.

In South Africa and Tunisia, Motegi intends to convey Japan’s assistance in tackling the coronavirus and discuss Tokyo’s proposal to realise a free and open Indo-Pacific centered on the rule of law and freedom of navigation, the source said.

South Africa is this year’s chair of the African Union and Tunisia will host the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in 2022.

Motegi will leave Japan for the three countries as early as next week if the extraordinary Diet session ends Saturday as scheduled, the source said.



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