Greene meets with his counterpart from Japan


On August 4, commencing at 3:35 p.m. for 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with the Honourable Mr. Everly Paul Chet Greene, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade of Antigua and Barbuda, who is visiting Japan.


The overview of the meeting is as follows.

(Minister Greene also serves as the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association and his visit coincides with the Tokyo Olympic Games.)

At the outset, Minister Motegi expressed his gratitude for having been able to co-chair the Seventh Japan-CARICOM Ministerial-Level Conference in July with Minister Greene and hold a meaningful exchange of views at the conference.


The two ministers confirmed that Japan and Antigua and Barbuda are both maritime nations and are important partners sharing fundamental values including freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, and shared the view to deepen cooperation on maintaining and strengthening the free and open international order based on the rule of law.

The two ministers also held consultations on cooperation on various international issues, including COVID-19 countermeasures, disaster risk reduction, climate change, and sustainable use of marine resources.

Minister Greene expressed his gratitude to Japan for the timely provision of seaweed removal equipment as a measure against sargassum seaweed, which is causing further negative impacts to a tourism industry already suffering from COVID-19 and is harming marine resources.

Both ministers confirmed that they will continue to promote cooperation in international fora as well.

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  1. That is what you call, killing two birds with one stone. under normal circumstances he would not be visiting Japan as Minister of Foreign Affair. But being there as President of the National Olympic Committee why not visit your counterpart as well. I wonder if he did the same thing in Rio.

    • @ Sideline
      If the government is paying his travel expenses, I wonder how they found the thousand of dollars for the trip during these hard economic times. We are told things are hard but ministers of government still find money to fly first class all over the world. One merchant is in trouble because the government won’t pay the vouchers they issued for school uniforms. He in turn can’t pay his suppliers, so I guess if the government doesn’t pay up the children won’t have uniforms for the school year. This government finds money to pay for what it wants but treat the local businesses, including contractors with contempt. I would advise all suppliers don’t sell your services or goods to this government unless they pay up front. Businesses have gone out of operation because the government credit and don’t pay. They really hate the local people.
      Sideline you know everything. Tell us who paid for the trip.

    • FROM THE SIDELINE are you serious? This is a question for you and you can do your research before answering. Do you think that a Minister of government in America or any European country or perhaps any other Caribbean country could also hold the position of chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). If your education or knowledge do not allow you to know what is right in this situation, let me tell you that this is a serious conflict and would not be allowed in many countries (if not all) in the world.

      • And you know how serious the IOC is with these practices. And you also know that Chet sought clearance before when all of this came up. And he got clearance from the IOC

  2. Oh, so you guys and girls now want to know who is paying for his travel expenses? Government or ABNOC

    • If ABNOC have so much money to pay for the trip, why didn’t Chet Greene ask for the money to be donated to a food distribution centre instead. These guys are interested in one thing only, money.

      • You obviously have no idea how this organization is run. Strick rules from the IOC. They need to provide audited financials to the IOC and need to account for every dollar spend. The IOC doesn’t provide funding just so.

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