May 6, 2014
Japan-Slovenia Summit Meeting(1) (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
Japan-Slovenia Summit Meeting(2) (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
  1. On May 6, from 11:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (local time), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was visiting France, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Alenka Bratušek, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia.

  2. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe expressed gratitude for the enormous support Japan received at the 2014 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, where it served as Chair, from Slovenia, which served as Vice-Chair. Prime Minister Abe said Slovenia is the frontrunner of the former Yugoslavia and he highly praised Slovenia's active contribution to the stability and development of the West Balkans. The two leaders shared the view that amid the major changes occuring in the international situation, as can be seen in the situation in Ukraine, they will cooperate on dealing with the various challenges facing the international community.

  3. Additionally, Prime Minister Abe welcomed that bilateral exchanges are deepening via the visit to Japan by H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia and the visit to Slovenia by Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino last year. He also pointed out that bilateral economic relations have been remarkably developing. The two leaders also expressed expectation that cooperation between Japan and Slovenia in economic fields such as smart communities will move forward, and Prime Minister Abe said he wants to develop “smart” relations between Japan and Slovenia.

  4. Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Bratušek exchanged views on United Nations Security Council reform, human security, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the advancement of women and other issues. In addition, Prime Minister Abe explained his determination to contribute even more actively than ever to securing peace, stability and prosperity of the regional and international communities from the standpoint of a “Proactive Contribution to Peace,” and said based on the security environment surrounding Japan and Europe, he wants to cooperate with Europe, including Slovenia.

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