State Visit to Japan by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain
Events Involving Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe at the Akasaka State Guest House
1. On April 6, commencing at 7:15 p.m. for approximately 80 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, and his wife Mrs. Abe held a banquet at the Akasaka State Guest House to welcome His Majesty the King Felipe VI of Spain and Her Majesty the Queen Letizia of Spain, who are paying a state visit to Japan.
2. In addition to His Majesty the King Felipe VI and Her Majesty the Queen Letizia, Japanese and Spanish leaders from business, academic, cultural and other fields attended the banquet, including Mr. Alfonso Dastis, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, and Mr. Masahiko Komura, member of the House of Representatives (President of the Japan-Spain Parliamentary Friendship Association).
3. Before the banquet, Prime Minister Abe and Mrs. Abe held a meeting with His Majesty the King Felipe VI and Her Majesty the Queen Letizia for approximately 20 minutes. In the discussion, Prime Minister Abe stated that the exchanges between the imperial household of Japan and the royal family of Spain for many years were the cornerstone of friendly relations between Japan and Spain. He futher stated that Japan and Spain were important partners that together contribute to the peace and prosperity of the international community and that he hoped this visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen would be an opportunity to further develop the relationship between the two countries in all areas.
4. In response, His Majesty the King Felipe VI expressed gratitude for the warm Japanese hospitality during this visit to Japan, and expressed expectation that this state visit to Japan would lead to a further deepening of the relationship between the two countries.
5. In addition, Prime Minister Abe and His Majesty the King Felipe VI shared the view that they would further strengthen the Japan-Spain relations toward the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year.
6. Following the meeting, seven signed documents were exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Abe and His Majesty the King Felipe VI, including a working holiday agreement and a memorandum of cooperation between Foreign Service Training Institutes.