Courtesy Call on Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio by H.E. Mrs. Marta Lucía RAMÍREZ BLANCO, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia
On November 9, commencing at 11:20 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from H.E. Mrs. Marta Lucía RAMÍREZ BLANCO, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia. The overview of the courtesy call is as follows. (Mr. ISOZAKI Yoshihiko, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary and others attended from the Japanese side.)
- At the beginning, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed the visit of Vice President Ramírez to Japan, and mentioned that Colombia is an important partner that shares fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. In response, Vice President Ramírez expressed her congratulations on Prime Minister Kishida’s victory for the general election held recently, paid respect to Japan’s efforts to realize a “New Capitalism” and stated her gratitude for the opportunity to make this courtesy call.
- The two sides shared the view on expanding their cooperation to realize “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” in Latin America.
- Prime Minister Kishida expressed his respect for the Colombian government's efforts to implement the peace agreement in Colombia as well as efforts to accept Venezuelan refugees, and stated that Japan would continue to cooperate for the further development of Colombia. In response, Vice President Ramirez expressed her appreciation for Japan's cooperation and stated that she expects even more presence and leadership of Japan in Latin America.
- The two sides agreed on the importance of further strengthening bilateral relations and promoting economic partnership between the two countries, referring to the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) which is under negotiation between the two countries.