On December 15th, Japanese Ambassador to Yemen Katsuyoshi Hayashi hosted a reception on the occasion of the of the Japanese Emperor’s birthday at his residence in Sana’a.
Hayashi said that in 2014, Yemen has ten top events, the most important being the National Dialogue Conference, the new government formation, and the Yemeni national team’s wonderful performance in the Gulf Cup.
“Our strong hope is to help Yemen achieve success in building the community and despite our limited resources, Japan will continue its support to Yemen,” Hayashi added.
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed al-Maitami said that Japan is one of the rightful partners for Yemeni development. “Yemen and Japan have had strong links for decades, and Japan was the first importer of Salif salt. During this long period of relations, Japan was one of the main supporters to Yemen. Yemen needs to be founded on the experiences of Japan and its advanced expertise in various fields.”
Al-Maitami added that Yemen and Japan’s relations are distinguished by strong links through political and economic support in different fields such as roads, water, food, and female education.