Japan-New Zealand Relations
Japan-New Zealand Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
November 8, 2014
On November 8 (Saturday), commencing at 9:15 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon his visit to Beijing, the People’s Republic of China, to attend the APEC Ministerial Meeting, held a meeting with the Hon. Murray McCully, Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand. An outline of the meeting is as follows:
- Congratulating the victory of the National Party in the recent general election and reappointment of Minister McCully, Minister Kishida stated that he would make efforts for further progress of Japan-New Zealand relations together with Minister McCully, who responded with his gratitude and assent.
- The two ministers shared the view that they would work together to follow up on the outcomes of the Japan-New Zealand summit meeting held this July in various fields such as economy, security and defense cooperation, sports and human exchanges, so as to further strengthen the ‘strategic cooperative partnership’ between the two countries which share fundamental values.
- Minister McCully expressed his gratitude to Minister Kishida who congratulated New Zealand on winning non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council for the 2015-2016 term. The two ministers shared the view that they would continue their cooperation in the U.N., including the Security Council reform.
- The two ministers confirmed that they would cooperate together in close coordination with international society on global issues such as ISIL and the Ebola virus disease.