THE Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe says his country has agreed to assist Zimbabwe in building communication infrastructure on the North South corridor apart from other aid to be given to the country following this year’s drought.
Abe said this when he held comprehensive talks centred on bilateral, continental and global issues with his Zimbabwean counterpart, President Robert Mugabe who is on an official visit to Tokyo.
After the talks held at Abe’s offices, the two leaders held a joint press conference, where the Japanese Prime Minister revealed that his country will support Zimbabwe in various developmental programmes.
“Japan will assist Zimbabwe in infrastructural projects such as roads construction, but apart from that there is drought mitigation support Zimbabwe will receive,” he said.
Japan is to host TICAD in Nairobi, Kenya in August and Abe said the invitation of President Mugabe as an iconic African statesman assures Japan that the meeting will be success.
He also said Japan is read to do business with the resource rich African continent.
The two leaders also agreed to a reorder united nations security council saying they regret the slow pace it is taking.
Soon after the press conference, there was a dinner hosted in honour of the visiting Zimbabwean leader.
Earlier, President Mugabe and the First Lady, Grace Mugabe met the Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at their palace in Tokyo and a luncheon was hosted for Mugabe.
The President’s visit to Japan is at the invitation of Abe and will among many other issues seek investment deals with Japan in the context of the Look East Policy to drive ZIMASSET.
He is also expected to meet a number of the country’s top politicians and business people, before concluding his visit by meeting the country’s legislators from both the house of councils as well as the house of representatives.
Mugabe is als accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and several senior government officials.