Japan-Turkey Relations

August 2, 2018
Japan-Turkey Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 1
Japan-Turkey Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 2

On August 2, commencing at 10 a.m. (local time; 11 a.m. on August 2, Japan time) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Singapore to attend ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meetings, held a Japan-Turkey Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Bilateral relations

Minister Kono congratulated Minister Çavuşoğlu on his reappointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and stated that he is looking forward to working together in order to further develop the bilateral relationship. In response, Minister Çavuşoğlu thanked Minister Kono for his congratulations, and expressed the desire to further develop the Japan-Turkey relationship, including high-level exchanges.
Furthermore, the two ministers exchanged views on bilateral cooperation such as accelerating negotiations on the Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), promoting cooperation relating to the Turkish-Japanese Science and Technology University, and strengthening cooperation in the field of disaster prevention.

2. Regional affairs

In addition, the two ministers exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, such as Syria and Iran, as well as in North Korea, and shared the view that they will continue to work closely together.

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