Japan-Peru Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On November 16, commencing at 9:30 a.m. (8:30 the same day, Japan time) for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea to attend the APEC Ministerial Meeting, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Mr. Nestor Popolizio, Minister for Foreign Relations of the Republic of Peru. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Kono stated there was a meaningful exchange of views between the foreign ministers at the time of Minister Kono’s visit to Peru in August 2018, and expressed his expectations for deepening not only bilateral relations but also cooperative relations between Japan and Peru in the international arena as a “Strategic Partner,” . In response, Minister Popolizio stated that he was pleased to meet Minister Kono again.
- Minister Kono stated that he would like to begin concrete consideration regarding exchanges in various fields toward the Japan-Peru Friendship Year of 2019, the 120th anniversary of the systematic immigration of Japanese nationals to Peru, and that he would also like to advance cooperation in the infrastructure field. In response, Minister Popolizio stated that he would like to further strengthen extensive bilateral relations including in the economy field, and both ministers shared the some view to further develop bilateral relations.
- In addition, Minister Kono discussed the importance of the TPP11 Agreement, which will enter into force on December 30, and expressed his expectations for Peru to complete its internal procedure as swiftly as possible and give a report. In response, Minister Popolizio stated that earnest efforts are underway toward the swift completion of the internal procedure.
- Both ministers shared their recognition to put forward of further development of progressing endeavors between the two countries in wide-ranging extensive fields. Furthermore, the ministers held an exchange of views regarding the importance of the establishment of the follow-up mechanisms for the Japan-Pacific Alliance Ministerial Meeting in September 2018, as well as regional situations including the North Korea issue and Venezuela, and shared the same view to closely cooperate.