Japan-Italy Relations

June 29, 2021
Japan-Italy Foreign Ministers' Meeting
Japan-Italy Foreign Ministers' Meeting

 On June 29, commencing at 4:30 p.m. (local time; same day, 11:30 p.m. JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Italy to attend the G20 Foreign and Development Ministers’ Meeting, held a foreign ministers' meeting with H.E. Hon. Luigi Di Maio, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Minister Motegi stated that he was delighted to meet Minister Di Maio again following the G7 meeting last month and that he would support the Italian Presidency for the success of the G20 this year. In response, Minister Di Maio expressed his gratitude for Minister Motegi’s visit to Italy and his hope to further develop the relationship between Italy and Japan and for cooperation in the G20.
  2. The two ministers affirmed the importance of linking key outcomes of the G7 to the G20 on issues such as "build back better from coronavirus" and climate change.
  3. Minister Motegi expressed his desire to work together with Italy toward a "free and open Indo-Pacific" and his expectation on Italy's leadership in developing a "Joint Communication" on the EU's Indo-Pacific strategy. The two ministers shared the view to strengthen their cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

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