Japan-Netherlands Relations

January 11, 2024
(Photo) Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands by Foreign Minister Kamikawa

On January 11, commencing at 11:55 a.m. local time (same day, 7:55 p.m. JST) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during her visit to The Hague, the Netherlands, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Rutte extended his condolences on the Noto Peninsula Earthquake and the airplane accident at Haneda Airport. And he welcomed Minister Kamikawa’s visit to the Netherlands and stated that he would like to further strengthen Japan-Netherlands relations. Minister Kamikawa expressed her deep appreciation for his warm words and stated that the Netherlands is a strategic partner with whom Japan shares values and principles, and that she would like to continue to develop the friendly relations that has been established between the two countries for over 400 years.
  2. Minister Kamikawa expressed her respect for Prime Minister Rutte's longstanding leadership as an European leader while welcoming the development of the JapanNetherlands relationship under his tenure, including in the realm of security. They agreed on the inseparability of European and Indo-Pacific security and the need to strengthen bilateral relations, particularly in the field of security.
  3. They also exchanged views on regional affairs, including the situation in the Middle East and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, and affirmed that they would continue to work closely together.

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