Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday met Foreign Minister H E Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah who is on a two-day official visit to Japan.
An official source at the Foreign Ministry said in a statement to Qatar News Agency that Japan thanked Qatar for its development projects being undertaken through Qatar-Japan Fund for the reconstruction of the areas affected by earthquakes and tsunami which hit east Japan in March 2011.
The $100m fund was launched as part of a generous initiative by the Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. It is now sponsored by the Emir
H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and under direct supervision of the Foreign Minister.
It is chaired by Qatari Ambassador to Japan, Yusuf Mohamed Bilal. It is supporting sectors including fisheries, healthcare, education , technology, scientific research and entrepreneurship.
Dr Al Attiyah said such projects have given Qatar the opportunity to bolster multisided relations with friends in Japan, adding that the Qatari leadership is keen to further relations between both countries. Dr Al Attiyah also briefed the Japanese side on Qatar’s keenness to exchange visits at official and popular levels so Qatari citizens and their Japanese counterparts can explore and get acquainted with culture, heritage and civilisation of both countries.
Abe praised relations and reciprocal visits by senior officials which reflect in-depth partnership between Qatar and Japan.
He also valued Qatar’s energy supplies to Japan, terming them as a key aspect of relations.
Both sides also discussed issues of mutual concern, including developments in the Middle East. Bilal attended the meeting.
Dr Attiyah also held a separate meeting with his counterpart Fumio Kishida and discussed relations and latest Arab and international developments.
They also reviewed key projects being undertaken by the fund.
The meeting was attended by Bilal, Tsukasa Aomiura, Director-General, the Middle East and African Affairs Department at the Japanese Foreign Ministry, and top officials from both foreign ministries. QNA