Meeting between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam

November 5, 2009
Japanese

  1. On November 5 (Thu), Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, had a meeting with His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for about 30 minutes from 6 p.m. Minister Bolkiah was visiting Japan to attend the Conferment of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
     
  2. Minister Okada congratulated Minister Bolkiah for the conferment of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun based on his achievements promoting friendship between Japan and Brunei, as well as facilitating understanding of Japan in Brunei Darussalam. Minister Bolkiah stated, “It is an honor to have been able to meet Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, as well as Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. I hope that this conferment proves to be an opportunity to further develop bilateral relations.”
     
  3. Minister Okada said that he hoped to further develop the economic relationship between the two countries through the utilization of the Japan-Brunei Economic Partnership Agreement. Minister Bolkiah said, “Japan is an important trading partner, and we hope for further investment from Japan. We are also looking forward to Japan’s role in the ASEAN integration.” In response, Minister Okada referred to Brunei’s efforts regarding the BIMP East ASEAN Growth Area. Minister Bolkiah explained Brunei’s efforts and expressed his expectation for Japan’s participation. Minister Okada also stated that, “The Hatoyama Administration is focused on building an East Asian Community, and we must discuss the concrete content of the concept. Our basic idea is that cooperation in the fields of the environment, energy and people-to-people exchange will bring further abundance to areas with growth ability.” Minister Bolkiah welcomed Japan’s views.
     
  4. Minister Okada said, “To Japan, Brunei is an important provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG),” and pointed out the importance of stable LNG provision, based on a longterm relationship of mutual trust between the two countries. In response, Minister Bolkiah said, “the relationship between Japan and Brunei in the energy field is a favorable one, and we hope to build a relationship that is beneficial for both countries.”
     
  5. In closing, Minister Bolkiah invited Minister Okada to visit Brunei, and Minister Okada said that he would like to visit when circumstances allowed.
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