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February 15, 2020
Foreign Minister MOTEGI Attends the 56th Munich Security Conference1
Foreign Minister MOTEGI Attends the 56th Munich Security Conference2
On February 15, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visited Munich, Germany to attend the 56th Munich Security Conference. The overview of the visit is as follows.

1 56th Munich Security Conference and panel discussion (February 15, 12:35 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. local time [same day, 8:35 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. JST])

Minister Motegi participated in a panel discussion (“Keeping it Pacific: Managing Security Relations in Asia”) with Prime Minister Rutte of the Netherlands, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar of India, Minister for Defence Reynolds of Australia, and Senator Menendez of the United States. Minister Motegi spoke about the importance of promoting the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” (FOIP) initiative, in particular, improving three connectivities (physical connectivity, people-to-people connectivity, and institutional connectivity). 

2 Exchanges of views with counterparts

In addition to attending the Munich Security Conference, Minister Motegi held a Japan-U.S.-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Japan-Iran Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Japan-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, and Japan-Russia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on February 15.

(Note) Principal participants at the 56th Munich Security Conference
United States (Secretary of State Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Esper), Germany (Federal President Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Maas, and Federal Minister of Defence Kramp-Karrenbauer), France (President Macron and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Le Drian), Canada (Prime Minister Trudeau), Russia (Minister of Foreign Affairs Lavrov), India (External Affairs Minister Jaishankar), Australia (Minister for Defence Reynolds), China (State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi), Republic of Korea (Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha), Iran (Minister of Foreign Affairs Zarif), NATO (Secretary General Stoltenberg), WHO (Director-General Tedros), and others.

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