Abe Promises Level Playing Field
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the partnership between Japan and the Pacific island nations will be one of equality.
While opening the PALM7 meeting at the Spa Hawaiians Resort in Iwaki City, Fukushima, Mr Abe repeated the words of Fijian Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, who has been vocal about the need for international community to view Pacific islands as equals.
On numerous occasions Mr Bainimarama had called for partnership which saw beyond financial assistance.
Mr Abe’s opening remarks at the high-level meeting were along the same lines.
Mr Abe said: “What we should have are two-way relations that are as level as the horizon itself and entirely free of using threats and coercion. That is the order for a society of Pacific citizens.
“Let us solidify our commitment. It is a commitment to make our ocean and sea that is both pacific and prosperous and a place that brings a promising future to each and every person living there.”
Mr Abe has also asked for co-operation by the Pacific Islands in searching for the remains of fallen Japanese soldiers.
“Your countries have always welcomed the Japanese visiting to collect the remains of fallen soldiers. Please continue to lend your support to us in the future,” he pleaded.
“I believe that our pledge to proactively work to bring peace to the world based on international co-operation and created along the path we have walked these 70 years will continue to be received with the same geniality you have extended to us until now.”
He said that Japan would spare no effort in making the Pacific a community “brimming with resilience and potential.”