First Japan-Jordan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue
On December 14, commencing at 8 p.m. (local time; December 15, 3 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held the first Japan-Jordan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue(note) with H.E. Mr. Ayman Safadi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, during Minister Kono's visit to Jordan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. The meeting was followed by a dinner hosted by Minister Safadi.
- At the beginning, Minister Safadi expressed appreciation for His Majesty King Abdullah II's successful visit to Japan in late November and welcomed that the first Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue was being held soon after His Majesty the King's visit to Japan. Minister Safadi stated that Jordan highly values the role Japan plays for peace and stability in the Middle East region and that Jordan would continue to work closely with Japan for peace and stability of the region.
- Minister Kono responded that His Majesty the King's visit to Japan in November was very meaningful and that it paved the way for deepening the strategic partnership between Japan and Jordan. Minister Kono welcomed the swift implementation of the Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue and commended Jordan's acceptance of many Syrian refugees and generous measures. The Minister stated that Japan would continue to fully support Jordan in these efforts and that the stability of Jordan was vital for the stability of the region.
- The two ministers then held a broad exchange of views regarding the situation in the Middle East region including the Middle East Peace Process, the situation in Syria and the Gulf region, North Korea issues, among other matters. In addition, the two ministers shared the view that the two countries would cooperate on measures against extremism, including Aqaba Process.