Japan and around 50 African countries agreed during a two-day ministerial meeting through Sunday in Morocco to cooperate to counter piracy.

A joint statement adopted by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and his African counterparts at the Marrakesh meeting to follow up on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, last held in 2008, also said the next TICAD session slated for June 2013 in Yokohama will focus on efforts to accelerate economic growth in Africa.

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