Japan-Belgium Summit Meeting
On May 3 from noon for around 50 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, during his visit to Brussels, met with H.E. Mr. Charles Michel, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Opening remarks
2. Japan-Belgium relations
(1) Prime Minister Abe requested cooperation of Belgian authorities to ensure safety, including that of Japanese residents, noting events being held for the 150th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Belgium. In response, Prime Minister Michel commented that Belgium intended to make efforts for the safety of Japanese people and companies in Belgium.
(2) The two leaders praised achievement of an agreement in principle on revisions of the tax convention between the two countries, and agreed to further deepen bilateral economic ties, including in digital and ICT areas.
3. Fight against terrorism
Prime Minister Abe stated that counterterrorism would be one of the primary themes at the G7 Ise-Shima Summit and that Japan hoped the G7 nations would issue a strong message. He also explained Japan’s initiatives to fight against terrorism. Prime Minister Michel stated that he supports Prime Minister Abe’s initiative at the G7. The two leaders agreed to hold a bilateral consultation on counterterrorism before the end of the year.
4. Japan-EU relations
The two leaders reaffirmed that they would continue their efforts to reach an agreement in principle as soon as possible during this year on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement, and achieve an early conclusion of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) negotiations.