Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday told Caricom leaders that Japan’s policy towards Caricom consisted of three pillars.
According to a statement released from the Japanese Government, Abe said the first pillar involved cooperation towards sustainable development including overcoming vulnerabilities particular to small-island states. The second pillar focused on deepening and expanding the bonds founded on exchanges and friendship. The third pillar involved cooperation in addressing challenges of the international community.
On the issue of challenges of the international community, Abe said Japan’s policy of “Proactive Contributor to Peace” based on the principle of international cooperation, would see Japan “engaged more proactively in strengthening our UN diplomacy”.
“Japan places importance in our policy dialogue with Caricom member states which share fundamental values as it looks to strengthening its diplomatic structure,” he said.
“Japan will work with the Caricom member states in promoting the three principles of the rule of law at sea: 1) making and clarifying claims based on international law; 2) not using force or coercion; 3) seeking to settle disputes by peaceful means in the international community”.