Japan-Malta Relations

October 14, 2022
A commemorative photo of State Minister Yamada and Ambassador Spiteri facing straight at a camera
State Minister Yamada and Ambassador Spiteri who exchange opinions after having a seat

On 14 October, State Minister for Foreign Affairs YAMADA Kenji received a courtesy call by H.E. Mr. Andre SPITERI, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Malta to Japan. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows.

  1. State Minister Yamada mentioned the Japan-Malta Foreign Ministers' meeting held in New York in September and the visit of Foreign Minister Borg to Japan to attend the State funeral for Former Prime Minister Abe, and stated that he welcomed the re-activation of high level contacts, which had been close since 2017, overcoming the interruption caused by COVID. In response, Ambassador Spiteri, while highly appreciating the results of the most recent visits and meetings between the two countries, noted the good bilateral relationship, including in the field of the Law of the Sea, and expressed his desire to continue strengthening cooperation with Japan in various fields.
  2. State Minister Yamada and Ambassador Spiteri also exchanged views on regional issues and they shared the view that the two countries would deepen their bilateral cooperation in the international fora with a view to both Japan and Malta holding non-permanent seats on the UN Security Council from 2023.

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