Japan-Turkey Foreign Minister’s Meeting
On August 20th, commencing at 10:30 AM (local time, 4:30 PM Japan time) for approximately 150 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Mevlüt ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey during his visit to Turkey. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Motegi stated that he was pleased to meet with Minister Çavuşoğlu again since the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting and conveyed his congratulations for the great success of Turkish athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He also expressed his condolences on the loss and damages resulting from the recent large-scale wildfires on the Mediterranean coast, and then stated that he attaches great importance to the relations with Turkey, a major power in the region and strategic partner of Japan. In response, Minister Çavuşoğlu expressed his gratitude for the sympathies on the wildfires and expressed his intention to strengthen the relations between Japan and Turkey.
- Minister Motegi stated that Japan would like to further strengthen cooperative bilateral relations towards development of the bilateral relations in various fields, including the early conclusion of the negotiations of Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the progress of the negotiations of Agreement on Social Security, and the establishment of Turkish and Japanese Science and Technology University. He also introduced Japan’s efforts to achieve a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” and expressed his intention to have in-depth discussions between both maritime nations on various maritime issues, including the maritime order based on the rule of law, and both ministers agreed to establish a dialogue on maritime issues between Japan and Turkey. Minister Motegi also stated that he would like to activate high-level visits towards the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2024.
Both ministers also exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East including Afghanistan, Iraq and Middle East Peace Process, as well as on the situation in East Asia including China and North Korea. Minister Motegi asked for understanding and cooperation for the early resolution of the abductions issue and gained the support of Minister Çavuşoğlu.
- In the meeting, the signing ceremony was held in the presence of the two ministers, regarding the provision of yen loan up to 45 billion yen for the purpose of improving the social infrastructure of Turkish local governments affected by the influx of Syrian refugees.