Japan-Germany Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On December 11, commencing at 02:20 p.m. (11:20 p.m., Japan time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting the United Kingdom to attend the Second Meeting of G7 Foreign and Development Ministers, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Annalena Baerbock, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi extended his congratulations on the inauguration of the new administration in Germany, and Minister Baerbock’s appointment as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs. The two ministers welcomed the fact that bilateral security cooperation has deepened significantly this year, which marks the 160th Anniversary of Japan-Germany Friendship, including the holding of the first-ever Japan-Germany Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting (“2+2”) and the port call in Japan by the German frigate Bayern. They confirmed that the two countries will continue to work together towards the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
- The two ministers confirmed that Germany, which assumes the G7 Presidency next year, and Japan, which will take over the Presidency from Germany in 2023, will continue to work together closely.
- The two ministers also exchanged views on the regional situation, including China and North Korea and on various bilateral-related issues