Meeting between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
July 5, 2010
Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a meeting held talks with Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States, at the Iikura Guesthouse from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. on July 5 (Mon). The outline of the meeting is as follows.
- Bilateral relations
(1) Minister Okada welcomed Secretary’s the third visit to Japan this year that marks the 400th anniversary of exchanges between Japan and Mexico. Minister Okada stated that Japan would like to further strengthen the bilateral relations on the basis of the Japan-Mexico Global Strategic Partnership, agreed when Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa visited Japan in February this year.
In reply, Secretary Espinosa expressed her gratitude for Japan’s welcoming the presidential visit and said that Mexico would like to proactively promote the global strategic partnership because the establishment of the partnership will contribute to making the bilateral relations even closer.
(2) The two ministers agreed to continue exchanging views frankly concerning the reconsultations on the Japan-Mexico Economic Partnership Agreement.
- Climate change
(1) The two ministers agreed to cooperate with each other in bringing to a success the 16th Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 16) to be held in Mexico at the end of this year.
(2) Secretary Espinosa pointed out the importance of discussions involving a broad range of parties concerned including least developed countries, fragile nations such as island states and the private sector, and of early disbursement of funding for assistance pledged so far. She added that Mexico would like to take up these issues at various meetings scheduled ahead.
(3) Minister Okada stated that on the basis of the Copenhagen Agreement, a new comprehensive legal document should be adopted that will constitute a fair and effective international framework participated in by all major countries. He also stated that REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries) is one of the important agenda items and that Japan will host the “Ministerial Conference on Forest Preservation and Climate Change” this October .
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