Japan, Ghana agree to pursue UN Security Council reforms

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo denounced Russia's invasion of Ukraine during their meeting in Ghana. They also made an agreement for their countries to work together to pursue reforms of the UN Security Council.

Kishida arrived in Ghana on Monday on the second leg of a tour of Africa and met President Akufo-Addo in the capital, Accra. During their one-hour meeting, the two agreed on the importance of maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

The leaders confirmed that Japan and Ghana -- both non-permanent members of the Security Council -- will join forces in reinforcing the functionality of the United Nations. They also agreed to closely coordinate on the issue of Sudan, where military clashes continue.

At a joint news conference after the talks, Kishida said Ghana is a major economic hub in West Africa and an important partner that shares basic values and principles with Japan, including the rule of law. Kishida says he hopes his latest trip will be a catalyst for the countries to boost cooperation across a range of fields, such as the economy, development and human resources.