Japan-Armenia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

November 25, 2009

On November 25 (Wed), from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 pm, Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan had a meeting with H.E. Mr. Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, followed by the Signing Ceremony for Exchange of Notes concerning Cultural Grant Aid and a dinner at Iikura House. The outline of the meeting is as follows. A Joint Press Statement(PDF) on the Japan-Armenia Foreign Ministerial Meeting was issued after the meeting.

  1. Opening Remarks

Mr. Okada welcomed Mr. Nalbandian’s visit to Japan, as a first foreign minister to receive from the Caucasus region after his assumption of the office as Foreign Minister, and said that this visit will contribute to further develop bilateral relationship between the two countries.

  1. Bilateral relations

(1) Both ministers expressed their high evaluation of the fact that a favorable relationship is being maintained between Japan and Armenia in various fields.

(2) Mr. Okada expressed his expectation that Armenia’s steady economic growth and stability would contribute to the stability and development of the Caucasus region.

(3) Mr. Nalbandian explained Armenia’s efforts for economic reform and expressed his gratitude for the support that Japan has provided so far.

  1. Regional and international affairs

(1) Both ministers stressed the importance of the normalization process between Armenia and Turkey, which would lead to the stability and development in the Caucasus region.

(2) Both ministers also exchanged opinions about regional and international issues such as the assistance to Afghanistan and the issue of North Korea.

  1. Cooperation in the international arena

Mr. Okada reaffirmed Japan’s basic stance in regard to the issue of the United Nations Security Council reform, and thanked Armenia for its strong support for Japan’s permanent membership of the Security Council. Both ministers decided to work together for an early realization of the reform, including the expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council.

  1. Lastly, Mr.Nalbandian invited Mr. Okada to visit Armenia. Mr. Okada thanked him for the invitation, and replied that he would like to visit the country if the situation allowed.

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