Japan-Lithuania Relations

October 26, 2022
Prime Minister Kishida and Prime Minister Šimonytė who shake hands with each other facing straight at a camera Japan-Lithuania Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Prime Minister Kishida and Prime Minister Šimonytė who have a talk after having a seat at a table Japan-Lithuania Summit Meeting (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)
Prime Minister Kishida and Prime Minister Šimonytė who issue a joint press announcement standing at a lectern Japan-Lithuania Joint Press Announcement (Photo: Cabinet Public Affairs Office)

On October 26, commencing at 7:05 p.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, met with H.E. Ms. Ingrida ŠIMONYTĖ, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, followed by a working dinner held for approximately an hour from 8:10 p.m. An overview of the events are as follows:

1. Bilateral relations

Prime Minister Kishida welcomed Prime Minister Šimonytė 's visit to Japan in the year marking the 100th anniversary of friendship between Japan and Lithuania. He also noted that Japan and Lithuania are important partners who share fundamental values, and that Japan and Lithuania had built up various cooperations, including the warm ties of the "Visa for Life" of SUGIURA Chiune. Prime Minister Kishida stated that he was pleased to upgrade the relationship with Lithuania to a strategic partnership on this occasion.

Prime Minister Kishida stated as the international community faces a variety of historic challenges, he looked forward to working more closely with Lithuania in dealing with Russia's aggression against Ukraine and in realizing a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific". He also expressed appreciation for Lithuania's resolute diplomacy and mentioned the launch of a new security dialogue between the two countries.

In response, Prime Minister Šimonytė stated that Japan is playing an important role in the international community, and that there would be an increasing need for Japan's leadership next year, when Japan will hold the presidency of the G7. She further mentioned that she would like to further strengthen the cooperation with Japan, which had become a strategic partner.

Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the participation of Lithuania to the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo and both leaders concurred to further develop bilateral economic relations in various fields, including connectivity. Prime Minister Kishida requested Lithuania`s cooperation towards the prompt lifting of import measures by the EU on Japanese food products.

2. Regional issues

On the situation in Ukraine, Prime Minister Kishida stated that Russian missile and drone attacks and illegal "annexation" violated Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and were violations of international law. He also emphasized that Russia's suggestion of the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine was extremely concerning, and the very fact that no nuclear weapons have been used for the past 77 years since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must not be disregarded. In this regard, the two leaders condemned Russia’s threat to use nuclear weapons is a serious and unacceptable menace to the peace and security of the international community and stressed that any use of nuclear weapons would meet with unequivocal international opprobrium and resolute responses.

Both leaders also discussed the regional issues including China and North Korea, and confirmed that they would continue to work closely in addressing North Korea, including the nuclear and missiles issues, such as ballistic missile launches which has been conducted at an extremely high frequency as well as the abductions issue.

Both leaders emphasized the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

3. Cooperation in the International arena

Both leaders affirmed that it is important to strengthen the functions of the United Nations, including Security Council reform in light of Russia's aggression against Ukraine. They also confirmed to work together toward the realization of “a world without nuclear weapons” including maintaining and strengthening the NPT regime.
They also affirmed that they would work together to address economic coercion and opaque and unfair development finance and to cooperate towards the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.

[Reference] Attachment

  • Joint Statement on Strategic Partnership between the Government of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window)

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