Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi at the first day of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in London, Britain 21 June 2023. EFE/EPA/ANDY RAIN / POOL

Japan announces meeting on Ukraine’s reconstruction

Tokyo, June 22 (EFE).- Japan’s foreign minister announced Thursday that the country will host a meeting on the reconstruction of Ukraine, which is expected to be attended by the european country’s prime minister.

(L-R) Canadian International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, Prime Minister of Latvia Arturs Karins and President of Estonia Alar Karis at the first day of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in London, Britain 21 June 2023. EFE/EPA/ANDY RAIN / POOL

Yoshimasa Hayashi announced the plan during a meeting in London with Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, who public broadcaster NHK said plans to attend.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal delivers remarks to members of the news media with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (not pictured), at the Treasury Department in Washington, DC, USA, 13 April 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The pair are in London for the Ukraine Recovery Conference focused on seeking public and private financing to help rebuild the country following Russia’s invasion.

The Japan meeting, to be held at the end of this year or early next year, would seek to renew the Asian country’s commitment to the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine, the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday.

Government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told reporters on Thursday that Japan will assist Ukraine by using its “experience and expertise in mine and debris removal, agricultural and industrial recovery, and (…) democracy on different fronts.”

Matsuno highlighted the difficulties facing Kyiv and said they will take advantage of Japan’s 2023 presidency of the Group of Seven (G7), which also includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, to coordinate and involve the international community.

During his visit to the UK, Hayashi also convened a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on the reconstruction of Ukraine.

This meeting came after G7 leaders met in the Japanese city of Hiroshima in May for a summit that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attended as a guest and which included a session dedicated to Kyiv. EFE