As one of the Indo-Pacific partners of Japan, President Surangel Whipps Jr. said the partnership should also include strengthening of economic security.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi made a short stop in Palau on Sunday where he met President Whipps with two leader agreeing cooperation to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Whipps said he sees the visit of Mr. Hayashi as sign of beefing the diplomatic ties between the two countries. 

“What’s important is we need to strengthen our partnership. And the partnership doesn’t just include the defensive security. It also includes economic resilience and economic security,” Whipps said.

Part of ensuring economic security of Palau is more tourism from Japan and direct flights.

According to the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Hayashi expressed concern about the signing of a security treaty between China and the Solomon Islands which he said would have considerable impact on regional security.”

Minister Hayashi in his meeting with State Minister Gustav Aitaro also vowed to work closely with Palau in areas of agriculture and livestock industry, fisheries that include stable operation of Japanese fishing vessels in Palauan waters.

Japan is also committed to continuing work to collection remains of Japanese war dead.

Palau and Japan also jointly condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

They also confirmed that they would continue to cooperate in responding to North Korea, including on the nuclear and missile issues, such as the series of ballistic missile launches including one on May 7, and the abductions issue, stated the MOFA statement. (Island Times)

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