Courtesy Call, paid by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the President of Bulgaria
January 15, 2018
1. Beginning statements
At the outset, President Radev welcomed Mr. Abe’s visit to Bulgaria and expressed his satisfaction that the Japan- Bulgaria relations have been active in several fields including economy, investment, culture, education, etc. In response, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan intends to cooperate with Bulgaria, which is currently holding the Presidency of the Council of the EU, in order to respond to several challenges for the international community including the issues of North Korea and maintain and strengthen a free and open international order.
2. North Korea
The two leaders condemned nuclear and missile development by North Korea and affirmed that it is necessary to maximize pressure on North Korea by all means available including full implementation of the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions in order to urge it to change its policies. In addition, Prime Minister Abe requested understanding and cooperation on promptly resolving the abductions issue. In response, President Radev expressed his understanding.
3. Japan-EU relations
The two leaders, in view of deepening the Japan-EU relations, shared the view of the importance of early signing and entry into force of the Japan- EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).
4. Cooperation for the Western Balkans
Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan is willing to promote cooperation for the Western Balkans. In response, President Radev appreciated Japan’s initiative and stated that Bulgaria expects contribution from Japan.
5. “Three anniversaries” in 2019
In addition, both sides, toward to “Three anniversaries” in 2019, agreed on the further development of people-to-people exchanges in various fields.
Reference: “Three anniversaries”
2019 marks “Three anniversaries” between Japan and Bulgaria – the 110th anniversary of the beginning of bilateral contacts, the 80th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and the 60th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries.