Courtesy Call on Mr. Shimba, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, by H.E. Mr. KILIC, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey
November 6, 2012
Mr. Kazuya Shimba, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Serdar KILIC, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Japan, for approximately 30 minutes from 11 am, Nov 6. An overview of the meeting is as follows:
- At the beginning, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Shimba stated that Japan and Turkey have historically maintained a friendly relationship over a long period of time and that Japan would like to strengthen bilateral relations in every field in the future. At the same time, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Shimba also expressed his gratitude for the great support from Turkey in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
In response to this, Ambassador KILIC stressed that it would be important to further strengthen relations between Japan and Turkey in the economic field, and that it would be necessary to swiftly proceed the joint study process concerning the Japan-Turkey economic partnership agreement (EPA), and Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Shimba shared this opinion. Furthermore, Ambassador KILIC welcomed the fact that Japanese visitors to Turkey amount to approximately 200,000 a year and stated his intention to further increase the number of visitors travelling to and from both countries.
- Both parties exchanged views on the situation in Syria. Particularly, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Shimba highly appreciated Turkey’s humanitarian approach, for example, in accepting refugees and displaced persons from Syria. Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Shimba expressed his concerns over security conditions in the southeastern part of Turkey which have worsened due to the deteriorating security situation in northern part of Syria, stating that the Government of Japan would not tolerate any act of terrorism, and expressed Japan’s solidarity with Turkey.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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