Japan-Belgium Relations

October 22, 2019
(Photo1) (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office) (Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
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On October 22, commencing at around 3:20 p.m., Prime Minister Abe met with His Majesty King Philippe, King of the Belgians, who was visiting Japan, for approximately 10 minutes. A summary of the meeting is as follows. The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Akihiro Nishimura and others on the Japanese side and H.E. Ms. Roxane de Bilderling, Ambassador of Belgium to Japan, and others on the Belgian side.

1. Prime Minister Abe stated that “the long relationship between the Imperial Household and the Royal Household has been an indispensable and important bond in the development of bilateral relations of friendship and goodwill,” and expressed his appreciation for King Philippe’s visit following His Majesty’s State Visit in 2016. In response, His Majesty King Philippe expressed his condolences for the damages of Typhoon Hagibis and said he was honored to be able to attend the Ceremonies related to Enthronement.

2. Prime Minister Abe expressed his desire to develop bilateral relations in various fields based on the friendly relationship between the Imperial and Royal Households. His Majesty King Philippe responded that he hoped the continued development of bilateral relations.

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