Meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Seiji Maehara and the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü
December 17, 2010
On December 17 (Fri) for approximately 30 minutes from 4:10 p.m., Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Seiji Maehara met with Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who is visiting Japan as a distinguished guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
- Minister Maehara welcomed the OPCW Director-General’s visit to Japan and stated that he hoped the cooperative relationship fostered between Japan and the OPCW could be further developed. Director -General Üzümcü commended Japan’s strong commitment to the elimination of weapon’s of mass destruction (WMDs). He thanked Minister Maehara for the strong support Japan has provided for the work of the OPCW, and expressed the hope that his organisation and Japan will continue to cooperate closely in the future.
- In addition to the above, Minister Maehara and Director -General Üzümcü had an exchange of views on, among other topics, the role played by the OPCW for the elimination of chemical weapons and Japan’s contribution to this end, as well as the strengthening of the role of the OPCW for nonproliferation in the future. Finally, the two leaders confirmed that two sides would work closely to deal with the various challenges the organisation is facing.