Signing Ceremony for Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, Japan-Montenegro Foreign Ministers' Meeting, and Working Dinner (Overview)
June 4, 2012
On Monday, June 4, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, attended the signing ceremony for a Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro with H.E. Mr. Milan Rocen, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, who was on his visit to Japan upon invitation by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, from 5:50 pm for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes, at Iikura Guest House. Subsequently, Foreign Minister Gemba held a meeting and a working dinner to exchange opinions with Minister Rocen on bilateral relations, cooperation in the international arena, and international situations. An overview of the ceremony and meeting is as follows:
- Overview of the Signing Ceremony for Memorandum on Cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro
(1) In order to further strengthen bilateral relations, both parties will hold periodical director-general level policy dialogues principally once a year.
(2) Security issues and United Nations reform were explicitly described as specific fields of cooperation.
- Overview of Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Working Dinner
(1) Minister Gemba welcomed the first-ever visit to Japan by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, expressed his gratitude for the support from Montenegro in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and stated that while he wanted Minister Rocen to see the steady reconstruction in the affected areas, he (Minister Gemba) would like to achieve reconstruction along with the victims. Moreover, Minister Gemba mentioned the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Montenegro in Tokyo on Monday, June 4, and expressed his expectation that bilateral relations would be further strengthened in a wide range of fields.
(2) Minister Rocen expressed his gratitude for the invitation to Japan and stated that the whole world had witnessed the reconstruction of the affected areas. Minister Rocen also stated that though it was a symbolic amount, Montenegro had provided support for the reconstruction and that he (Minister Rocen) would like to visit the affected area on Tuesday, June 5 to see the reconstruction for himself. Moreover, Minister Rocen stated that he would like to invite children of the affected areas to Montenegro. Further, Minister Rocen stated that although Japan is a major power, Japan has established good relations with a small country like Montenegro just as Japan had done with major powers, and that this was proof that Japan is truly a major power.
(3) Minister Gemba congratulated Montenegro's participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and expressed his expectation toward preparation of the investment environment in Montenegro. In addition, Minister Gemba stated that Japan would like to consider cooperation in fields such as environment preservation, based mainly on technical cooperation utilizing "technology", which is Japan's strength, while taking the specific needs of Montenegro into consideration.
(4) Minister Rocen expressed his gratitude for the economic cooperation from Japan after the independence of the country and also expressed his expectation toward expansion of economic relations with Japan. Moreover, Minister Rocen explained about Montenegro's efforts for entry into the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). In response, Minister Gemba appreciated Montenegro's potential mentioning the fact that Montenegro had advanced toward entry into the EU and NATO as a front runner.
(5) In addition, both ministers shared the view that they would cooperate in the international arena, including regarding United Nations Security Council reform, and exchanged opinions on the international situations of interest to both parties.
- (*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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