Japan-EU Relations

April 5, 2019
(Photo 1) Two ministers shaking hands
(Photo 2) Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On April 5, commencing at 3:05 p.m. (local time) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, during his visit to Dinard in France for the G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Minister Kono and High Representative Mogherini welcomed that Japan and the EU held the first Joint Committee of the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) immediately after the commencement of provisional application of the Agreement. They affirmed to promote tangible cooperation under the SPA in various areas, and discussed priority areas for cooperation such as sustainable connectivity and quality infrastructure.
  2. They shared the will for the coordination toward the G20 Osaka Summit in June and the United Nations General Assembly in September. They especially confirmed close cooperation for the success of the G20 Osaka Summit in areas such as e-commerce and data governance. High Representative Mogherini expressed her will to give her full support to Japan’s G20 presidency, in order to deliver a strong message at the summit on global issues including climate change and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  3. They exchanged views on regional issues including North Korea and Iran. They especially shared the view on the indispensability of maintaining thorough implementation of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.

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