The Japanese delegation, headed by Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shunsuke Takei, arrived on January 9. Vice-Minister Takei met with several ministers of Government including the Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber; Minister for Economic Development, Trade, Investment and Commerce Erwin Contreras; and acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Godwin Hulse.
During the meetings, the Japanese delegation received an update on the state of the Belize-Guatemala Territorial Dispute, among other bilateral matters of interest. Minister Takei expressed support for the two parties’ decision to go to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Japan is a founding member of the Group of Friends of the Belize-Guatemala Peaceful Resolution Process.
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