Japan-Argentina Summit Meeting
On June 27, commencing at around 2:25 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with the H.E. Mr. Mauricio Macri, President of the Argentine Republic, during his visit to Japan to attend the G20 Osaka Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- In opening remarks Prime Minister Abe welcomed President Macri’s visit to Japan for the first time in two years, stating, “The fact that we have been able to hold four summit meetings in four years has been truly ground-breaking for Japan-Argentina relations.” With regard to bilateral relations he noted that Japan supports the free and open economic policies that have been promoted by President Macri and welcomed the signing of the tax convention between Japan and Argentina. He also expressed his expectations for the early entry into force of the Japan-Argentina investment agreement, which had been approved by the National Diet of Japan, and stated his intention to further promote bilateral trade and investment. Prime Minister Abe also noted that from the perspective of expanding exchanges among young people, the framework for the working holiday program between Japan and Argentina will be doubled from the current 200 person capacity to 400 persons in 2020. President Macri responded that it is an honor for him to be able to meet again with Prime Minister Abe, noting that the Prime Minister had visited Buenos Aires to attend the G20 Summit last year and that he has been able to visit Japan this year. He also spoke about the deepening of the strategic partnership between Japan and Argentina, including in the areas of trade and technical cooperation.
- The leaders also exchanged opinions on agenda items for the G20 Osaka Summit, including the realization of a free and open, inclusive and sustainable society. Prime Minister Abe stated, “I appreciate the close cooperation we have shared in the G20 Troika (Note) and the way in which discussions have been advanced,” adding that, “It is important that based on the outcomes of last year’s Buenos Aires Summit the G20 will unite to demonstrate that it is tackling global challenges.” In response, President Macri noted that he would cooperate to the greatest degree possible and the leaders confirmed that they will work together towards the success of the summit.
- The leaders confirmed that Japan and Argentina will work to promote cooperative relations in bilateral matters and also in the international arena.