In an earlier meeting with the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Prime Minister Abe expressed delight at the first Japan-Somalia meeting in 21 years, saying it was a strong indication towards strengthening their bilateral relationships.
Prime Minister Abe also expressed his hope for development both in Africa and Japan at the TICAD V, which is being held in the year which marks the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU) and the 20th anniversary of the TICAD.
President Mohamud expressed gratitude for Japan’s 22-year support for Somalia. He said human resource expertise was highly needed in his country in areas such as health, education, agriculture and public security.
“We are looking forward to your co-operation to promote reconstruction and attainment of peace in Somalia”, he said.