Japan-Chile Relations

May 4, 2023
Two Ministers who shake hands with a smile facing straight at a camera
Two Ministers who have a talk after having a seat

On May 4, commencing at 11:45 p.m. (local time; 0:45 a.m. on May 5 JST) for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Santiago, Chile, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Alberto Leo van Klaveren Stork, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi congratulated Foreign Minister van Klaveren on his appointment and also expressed his condolences for the extensive damage caused by the recent large-scale forest fires in the central and southern regions of Chile. He reviewed the high-level exchanges between the two countries that took place last year on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, including the Chile-Japan Foreign Ministers' Meetings and the Summit Meeting. He expressed his desire to develop bilateral relations further with Chile, an important "strategic partner" that shares values and principles, and to deepen cooperation in the international arena. In response, Minister van Klaveren welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit to Chile and expressed his desire to deepen relations further with Japan, which is one of Chile's major partners, in various fields including politics, economics and culture.
  2. Minister Hayashi welcomed the entry into force of the CPTPP for Chile in February this year. The two Ministers also shared the view that two counties would work closely together to maintain its high standards.
  3. The two ministers exchanged views on such topics as the strengthening of supply chains of important mineral resources, cooperation toward global decarbonization, and cooperation and exchanges in the fields of disaster risk reduction and academia. In this context, they expressed their expectations for further development of the bilateral relations, taking advantage of the Agreement on Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation signed this day.
  4. Furthermore, the two ministers exchanged views on international affairs, including Russia's aggression against Ukraine and the situation in East Asia. They shared the view that the two countries would work together to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

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