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Japan, Zambia agree to cooperate for TICAD VII

  • December 19, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 11:17 p.m.
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 Tokyo, Dec. 19 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Zambian President Edgar Lungu agreed Wednesday to cooperate for a summit of the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD VII, to be held in Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, in August 2019.

Meeting at the prime minister’s office in Tokyo, they affirmed that the two nations will strengthen their collaboration in fields such as health promotion, and the development of infrastructure and industrial human resources.

 

Abe and Lungu also confirmed the importance of fully implementing U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea to realize its denuclearization.

 

Meanwhile, Japan pledged to provide some 500 million yen in grant aid to Zambia to help the African country procure medical equipment needed for its fight against infectious diseases.

 

Also on Wednesday, Lungu met with Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in the Japanese capital.

 

The Emperor spoke about his visit to Zambia in 1983, when he was Crown Prince, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

 

Lungu congratulated Emperor Akihito on turning 85 on coming Sunday and praised his efforts to bring peace to people in Japan and around the world.

 

In response, the Emperor said that he grew up with the strong recognition of the importance of peace after experiencing war and disasters, according to the agency.

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