Japan-Ecuador Relations

January 6, 2023
Courtesy Call on Ecuadorian President Lasso by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hayashi.1
Courtesy Call on Ecuadorian President Lasso by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hayashi.2

 On January 6, commencing at 12:00 noon (local time; 2:00 a.m. on 7 January JST) for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Quito, the Republic of Ecuador, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Guillermo Lasso, President of the Republic of Ecuador. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that Ecuador is an important partner with which Japan shares more than 100 years of traditional friendship and fundamental values, and that he was pleased to see developments in many areas of bilateral relations, including politics, economy, development cooperation and culture. In response, President Lasso welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit to Ecuador and expressed his hope to take this opportunity to strengthen Japan-Ecuador relations further.
  2. Minister Hayashi also expressed his high appreciation of the Lasso administration's strong promotion of a foreign policy focused on international cooperation and a liberal economic policy. In response, President Lasso expressed his desire to work together not only in bilateral relations but also in the international arena.
  3. Furthermore, they exchanged views on cooperation in the international arena, including on the situations in Ukraine and East Asia. Both sides affirmed cooperation between the two countries at the UN as non-permanent members of the Security Council, including on Security Council reform, and 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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