Japan yet to confirm Abe`s attendance at AAC`s 60th commemoration

Japan yet to confirm Abe`s attendance at AAC`s 60th commemoration

Shinzo Abe. (REUTERS/Paul J. Richards)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Japan has yet to confirm Prime Minister Shinzo Abes attendance at the 60th Commemoration of the Asian-African Conference (AAC) in Indonesia, Deputy Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia Yusuke Shindo stated on Wednesday.

"We have not received a confirmation regarding his attendance as the regular Diet session (parliamentary assembly) is held between January and June," Shindo noted here on Wednesday.

Senior Diplomat of Japan Aoki Yutaka pointed out that Japan has received the invitation for the 60th commemoration of AAC, delivered by Indonesian Trade Minister Rachmat Gobel, in January, for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During the 60th commemoration of the AAC and 10th anniversary of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia will host a series of high-level events themed, "Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity" in Jakarta and Bandung, on April 19 to 24, 2015.

The agenda of the 60th commemorative event of the AAC will include a Senior Official Meeting of Asian and African countries to be held on April 19; a Ministerial Level Meeting on April 20; and the Asia-Africa Business Summit on April 21 and 22.

The Asia-Africa Summit will be organized in Jakarta, on April 22 to 23, 2015.

On April 24, the leaders are expected to take part in a Historical Walk to be held in Bandung, where the first AAC was organized in April 1955.

The Bandung conference was viewed as a symbol of freedom from colonialism, besides being a symbol of resurgence of Asian and African nations. Some 29 countries representing more than half of the worlds population had sent their delegates to the conference, 60 years ago.

Delegates from 109 Asian and African countries, 17 observer countries, and 25 international organizations have been invited to the event.
(T.R013/Uu.A059/INE/KR-BSR/H-YH)

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