Japan-France Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
April 15, 2015
1. Opening remarks
Minister Kishida stated said he was pleased to be meeting again one month after the Japan-France Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held on the sidelines of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, and holding the ninth Japan-France Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. In response, Minister Fabius expressed his gratitude for the welcome he received when he visited Japan.
Additionally, Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for the support of the Government of France for the confirmation of the safety of Japanese at the time of the Germanwings aircraft crash that occurred in a mountainous region of southern France on March 24. Minister Fabius expressed his condolences to the victims of the accident.
2. Bilateral relations
3. Japan-EU relations
4. Global challenges
(1) Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation
The two ministers confirmed they will cooperate toward the success of the NPT Review Conference at the end of this month.
Minister Kishida noted the importance of border enforcement, including by utilizing passenger name records (PNRs), from the perspective of advancing international counterterrorism, and the two ministers confirmed they will work cooperatively on counterterrorism, including information exchange.
(3) Climate change
Minister Fabius requested cooperation toward the success of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the two ministers confirmed that they will work together on the adoption of a new framework that is fair and effective and in which all countries participate.
5. Regional affairs
(1) East Asia
The two ministers exchanged views on the East Asia situation.
Minister Fabius explained the situation surrounding Iran, and Minister Kishida appreciated France's initiatives and wanted to continue the discussion in the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting following their meeting.