Meeting between Chief Cabinet Secretary MATSUNO Hirokazu and H.E. Mrs. Marta Lucía RAMÍREZ BLANCO, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia
On November 8, commencing at 11:00 a.m. for approximately 75 minutes, Mr. MATSUNO Hirokazu, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mrs. Marta Lucía RAMÍREZ BLANCO, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno welcomed the visit of Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramírez to Japan, and stated that Colombia is an important partner that shares fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
(1)The two sides agreed that now is the time when changes in the balance of power in the international community are accelerating and becoming more complex, and that further cooperation is necessary to maintain and expand a free and open international order based on the rule of law. They agreed that the realization of a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)" is important not only for Colombia, which faces the Pacific Ocean, but also for Latin America as a whole, and agreed to work together to expand their cooperation.
(2)Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno referred to Japan's development cooperation with Colombia which contributes to Colombia's nation-building, including those related to COVID-19, and Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramírez expressed her appreciation for Japan's cooperation.
(3)Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno expressed his respect for the measures taken by Colombia, which has received many Venezuelan refugees, and explained how Japan has been providing assistance to Colombia and neighboring countries, and will continue to cooperate on issues related to refugees, in line with the needs on the ground. Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramírez expressed her appreciation for that statement.
(4)The two sides shared the view on the importance of promoting economic partnership between the two countries, referring to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which is under negotiation between Japan and Colombia.
(5)Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramírez expressed strong interest in the participation of Colombia in the Expo.
3. Regional Affairs
The two sides exchanged views on the regional situation in East Asia and Latin America, and agreed to continue to work closely together. Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno asked for understanding and cooperation on the resolution of the abductions issue, and received support from Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramírez.