Japan-Peru Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On May 3, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Lima, Peru, held a small group meeting with H.E. Ms. Ana Gervasi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Peru commencing at 9:10 a.m. (local time; 11:10 p.m. on May 3 JST) for approximately 15 minutes, and a plenary meeting with her commencing at 9:40 a.m. (local time; 11:40 p.m. on May 3 JST) for approximately 90 minutes. The following is a summary of the meeting.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that Japan and Peru, marking the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, are important "strategic partners" that share values and principles, and that he hopes to continue to enhance relations in various areas, including the political, economic, and cultural fields. In response, Minister Gervasi welcomed Minister Hayashi's visit to Peru and expressed her hope that the visit would be an opportunity to deepen the bilateral relations further in a variety of areas. Minister Gervasi also expressed her gratitude for various cooperation extended by Japan including support for countermeasures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Minister Hayashi expressed his hope that the tax treaties, CPTPP, and other treaties and agreements would be utilized to contribute to the reinforcement of economic relations between the two countries. He stated that Japan is willing to support Peru fully when it will chair APEC next year. In response, Minister Gervasi, noting that important events are scheduled every consecutive year, expressed her desire to strengthen the bilateral economic relations and to promote Peru at the 2025 Osaka-Kansai Expo. Minister Hayashi also stated that Peru's importance as a producer of mineral resources necessary for energy transition, such as copper and zinc, is growing, and that Japan is paying closer attention to Peru. The two ministers shared the view that there is great potential for enhancing the bilateral economic relations, and the expectation that the public and private sectors would work together in various fields, including resources and ICT.
- Minister Hayashi expressed his condolences for the damage caused by the torrential rains in Peru since January this year. He stated that Japan has been providing assistance for the damage, support for people displaced from Venezuela, and assistance in the field of disaster risk reduction. In response, Minister Gervasi expressed her appreciation for support extended by Japan for Peru's sustainable and inclusive growth.
- The two ministers also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine, East Asia, and Latin America, and shared the view that they would work together toward the realization of a free and open international order based on the rule of law.