Japan-Turkey Relations

September 24, 2018
Japan-Turkey Foreign Ministers' Meeting1
Japan-Turkey Foreign Ministers' Meeting2

On Monday, September 24, commencing at 11:25 a.m. (local time) (Tuesday, September 25, 12:25 a.m. Japan time) for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held an exchange of views with H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, in New York where Minister Kono is visiting to attend the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. The overview is as follows.

  1. Minister Kono stated that he is delighted to be able to meet Minister Çavuşoğlu again and that Japan would advance cooperation in a wide range of areas, including politics and economy, in order to further strengthen Japan-Turkey cooperation. The two ministers confirmed that they would continue to work closely to deepen the bilateral relationship.
  2. Minister Kono touched upon the recent relationship between Turkey and the United States, and stated that Japan hopes for the stabilization of Turkey-U.S. relations and that if there is anything Japan can do it stands ready to cooperate for the sake of a strong and resilient Turkish economy supported by Japan and for the sake of stabilizing the situation in Syria. In response, Minister Çavuşoğlu explained the diplomatic efforts of Turkey. With regard to the situation in Syria, Minister Çavuşoğlu explained the outcomes of the Turkey-Russia summit meeting held on September 17, among other matters, and Minister Kono expressed appreciation for the persistent diplomatic efforts made by Turkey.

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