Meeting between Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E. Mr. Antonio Milososki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
April 27, 2011
On Wednesday, April 27, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto met with H.E. Mr. Antonio Milososki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The outline of the meeting is as follows.
- Great East Japan Earthquake
(1) Minister Matsumoto expressed his gratitude for the condolences and donations sent by Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and for Minister Milososki's visit to Japan during this difficult time. He communicated that Japan values its friendly history with Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and stated that he hoped to develop the bilateral relationship even further.
(2) In response, Minister Milososki expressed his condolences to those who suffered from the earthquake and stated that the people of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia felt intense sympathy and was very impressed by the dignified manner of the Japanese people. He further noted that Japan had given Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia much support following the 1963 Skopje Earthquake, and that the country hoped to return this support. Minister Milososki also stated that his visit was intended to show that the situation in Japan was back to business as usual.
(3) Minister Matsumoto explained the current situation and response effort at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and stated that Japan would aim to implement creative reconstruction in a way that is open to the international community.
- Bilateral Relations
(1) Minister Matsumoto commended Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's efforts to overcome ethnic conflicts, promote democracy and ethnic harmony, and join the European Union (EU). He also said that Japan will continue to support such efforts.
(2) In response, Minister Milososki thanked Japan for the great amount of support it had provided after Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia declared independence and while it developed, commenting that the support had contributed to regional stability. He expressed his intention to further develop friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries via a variety of frameworks, and explained that Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia places value on maintaining a multiethnic and multicultural society, and places emphasis on bearing responsibility for regional stability, as well as its own development.
- In addition, the two ministers came to a consensus of opinions on furthering the close bilateral relationship in the international arena, such as on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, and exchanged views on regional issues of mutual interest. In this respect, Minister Milososki reiterated his support for the designation of Japan as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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