Japan-Argentine Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and Working Lunch
On January 10, commencing at 12: 50 p.m. (local time; 12:50 a.m. on January 11 JST) for approximately 130 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Buenos Aires, Argentina, held a foreign ministers’ meeting and working lunch with H.E. Mr. Santiago Andrés Cafiero, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that he was pleased to visit Argentina and to hold face-to-face meetings, and congratulated the Argentine national soccer team on their victory at the World Cup Qatar 2022. He also stated that Argentina is a strategic partner with which Japan shares fundamental values, and that he would like to have fruitful discussions on the strengthening of bilateral relations and further cooperation on international issues. In response, Foreign Minister Cafiero welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit to Argentina and expressed his desire to strengthen relations further between the two countries, which mark the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.
- The two ministers affirmed their intention to work closely together in various fields to enhance bilateral relations further. In this context, Minister Hayashi stated that Argentina's importance in food and energy security is growing and that Japan would like to work together to reinforce economic relations with Argentina. In addition, Minister Hayashi conveyed requests regarding the investment environment in Argentina, including various regulations, with a view to strengthening bilateral economic relations further. In response, Minister Cafiero expressed his hope for further cooperation and for the enhancement of bilateral economic cooperation relations through increased investment by Japanese companies.
- The two Ministers shared the view that the two countries would strengthen cooperation in the international arena in areas such as disarmament and non-proliferation, human rights, as well as food and energy security, and exchanged views on issues such as Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the situations in East Asia including China and North Korea. They shared the view that Japan and Argentina would cooperate as strategic partners towards the realization of a free and open international order based on the rule of law.