Japan Foreign Minister Kono asks for FSM cooperation on a variety of issues

By Bill Jaynes

The Kaselehlie Press

May 16, 2018

 MG 8414 EditTokyo—This afternoon FSM Secretary for Foreign Affairs Lorin S. Robert met with Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono in a conference room in Tokyo in conjunction with the PALM 8 (Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting) which has been held every three years for the last 21 years.

After exchanging pleasant greetings, the media was escorted from the room while the heart of the meeting progressed.

A press release in Japanese from the Ministry of Foreign affairs said that Minister Kono asked for consideration for the stable operation of Japanese fishing vessels and also requested cooperation in the recovery of the remains of Japanese people buried in the FSM.

The Ministers also expressed their opinions on cooperation for the success of PALM 8, cooperation based on the "free and open India-Pacific strategy", regional affairs including North Korea, and cooperation in the international field in a wide number of issues.