Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mrs. Abe Hold a Dinner Meeting with the Prime Minister of Belgium and Ms. Derbaudrenghien
On July 5, commencing at 8:20 p.m. for approximately 70 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, together with his wife Mrs. Akie Abe, who are visiting the Kingdom of Belgium, held a dinner meeting at the Egmont Palace at the invitation by H.E. Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, and Ms. Amélie Derbaudrenghien. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Both Prime Ministers celebrated meeting following last year’s summit meeting, and confirmed that they would continue to further strengthen bilateral relations.
- Both Prime Ministers reconfirmed the importance of the Japan-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for keeping the flag of free trade waving high amid the protectionist tendency, and welcomed the agreement in principle on the Japan-EU EPA which was confirmed in a discussion between Ministers on the same day. In addition, the two Prime Ministers held a frank exchange of views on matters of their common interest including the North Korean missile problem.