Japan-Peru Summit Meeting
On November 10 (local time), commencing at 9:19 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Da Nang, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, to attend the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Economic Leaders' Meeting, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, President of the Republic of Peru. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe welcomed the steady progress of the strategic partnership between Japan and Peru since the summit meeting held with President Kuczynski in November last year. In addition, Prime Minister Abe explained that he intends to strengthen cooperation with Peru, which will serve as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) from January next year, to resolve challenges in the regional and international arenas, including the issue of North Korea. In response, President Kuczynski stated that he feels honored to be able to meet Prime Minister Abe again, and he congratulated Prime Minister Abe on his victory in the general election as well as on his leadership on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on which an agreement has almost been reached.
- Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe welcomed that an agreement in principle was reached at the TPP Ministerial Meeting on the previous day, and stated that he intends to continue to work closely with Peru, Japan's important partner in promoting the TPP, to bring the TPP promptly into force.
- In addition, with regard to North Korea, Prime Minister Abe expressed the view that pressure on North Korea should be maximized through all methods, including the complete fulfillment of the UNSC resolutions, in order to put North Korea in a situation where it has no choice but to come to the dialogue table with denuclearization as a premise. Prime Minister Abe also sought dialogue and cooperation on the abductions issue. President Kuczynski replied that Peru has taken the step of expelling North Korea's "diplomatic personnel," including its "Ambassador" to Peru, in order to send a powerful message to North Korea. The two leaders shared the view that they will continue to work closely together to resolve challenges in the regional and international arenas, including North Korea.
- Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan supports the open economy system being advocated by President Kuczynski, and intends to continue to cooperate in the fields of disaster reduction system and transportation infrastructure, along with noting that a policy dialogue between the two countries' foreign policy authorities was held in June this year. President Kuczynski explained that he is attaching importance to improving Peru's investment environment for Japanese companies, beginning with the mining industry. The two leaders shared the view that they will further promote and enliven exchanges in a broad range of fields in the lead-up to the Japan-Peru Friendship Year in 2019.
- In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on cooperation in the international arena, and regional affairs.