Japan-Netherlands Relations

Prime Minister Abe Held Talks with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands

October 19, 2018

On October 19, commencing at 3:15 p.m. (local time) (10:15 p.m. Japan time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who was visiting the Kingdom of Belgium to attend the 12th Asia-Europe Summit Meeting, held talks with H.E. Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The overview is as follows.

  1. Both leaders welcomed the signing of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement in July, and shared the views that they would work together toward the early entry into force of the agreement. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his support for a strong and united Europe. With regard to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, Prime Minister Abe expressed concern over the current state of negotiations, and requested to ensure in the exit process, transparency, predictability and legal stability by establishing the transition period.
  2. Prime Minister Rutte expressed his support for hosting the World Expo 2025 in Osaka.
  3. Both leaders shared the recognition that the full implementation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions is necessary for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.