Japan welcomes the results of a democratically held presidential election in crisis-hit Ukraine, top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday
"We certainly welcome the fact that former Foreign Minister (Petro) Poroshenko was assured of victory as the election was held largely in a peaceful and fair manner, except in some eastern regions of the country," the chief Cabinet secretary said at a press conference.
"We hope the new government can make progress on economic reforms and domestic unification," Suga said. "Our country will lend support to those efforts."
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made similar comments in a separate press conference, calling the establishment of a new democratically elected government a "major step toward the realization of peace and stability" in Ukraine.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida: I would like to express my congratulations regarding the fact that on May 25, a presidential election took place in Ukraine-with the exception of a part of eastern Ukraine-in a free, fair, and peaceful manner, and the candidate Mr. Petro Oleksiyovych Poroshenko secured a victory.
The Government of Japan believes that in order to achieve peace and stability in Ukraine, it is important to do three things: improve the economic situation, restore democracy, and promote domestic dialogues and integration, and I have made statements concerning Japan's contributions, including economic assistance to date of up to USD1.5 billion.
The establishment of a new, democratically elected government based on this recent presidential election will serve as a major step toward the realization of peace and stability in Ukraine.
The Government of Japan anticipates that under the new government, reforms will move forward with regard to urgent issues including economic restructuring and promotion of domestic dialogues and integration. Japan intends to continue to support the new administration in the promotion of such reforms.