Japan-Poland Summit Telephone Talk
March 23, 2021
On March 23, commencing at 4:26 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- Prime Minister Suga began by stating that Japan attaches great importance to Poland, which enhances its presence in the EU as a major power in Central and Eastern Europe, and hopes to further strengthen relationship between Japan and Poland. In response, Prime Minister Morawiecki stated that he would like to further enhance the strategic partnership with Japan. The two leaders also agreed to further promote their combined efforts for “V4 + Japan.”
- Prime Minister Suga then praised the progress of the cooperation between both countries in various fields such as politics, economy, and culture based on their strategic partnership, and the two leaders agreed to further strengthen bilateral relationship in economic and investment issues.
- Prime Minister Suga welcomed the discussions on Indo-Pacific within the EU and stated that he would like to cooperate toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
In addition, Prime Minister Suga expressed serious concerns about the unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Sea, including China’s Coast Guard Law, as well as the situation in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. In response Prime Minister Morawiecki stated that Japan is the main partner in this region. Furthermore, the two leaders shared the view to cooperate in addressing North Korea, including the abductions issue.
A framework for regional cooperation comprising of Poland (currently the chair), Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1991 in Visegrád, Hungary. In addition to dialogues held between leaders, foreign ministers, and senior officials, cooperation in the framework “V4 + Japan” is also being promoted in a wide range of fields such as science and technology, third country support, disaster prevention, and the environment.