9 October 2018
Japan pledged to enhance its strategic partnership with countries along the Mekong River on Tuesday as the nation hosted the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and leaders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam discussed economic and security cooperation in the region, as well as plans for the future.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi stressed that cooperation between Japan and Mekong region countries could bring peace and prosperity in the region.
State Counsellor, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, H.E. Aung San Suu Kyi said "All in all, I think everybody was agreed that the Japan-Mekong cooperation has been a success story and we're confident that we will go on to use this cooperation, not just for the sake of prosperity but also to contribute towards regional peace and security."
Japan announced a three-year plan in 2015 to help the Mekong basin nations improve their infrastructure and bolster development with 750 billion yen or 7 billion dollars in aid. The leaders are now expected to come up with another three-year strategy.
Prime Minister, Japan, H.E. Shinzo Abe said “I'd like to strengthen the Japan-Mekong relationship to a strategic partnership, and enhance further cooperation in order to realise an ample future.”
The summit has been held every year since 2009 in the hopes a stronger relationship between Mekong countries and Japan.