Japan-Turkey Relations

Prime Minister Abe Receives a Courtesy Call from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey

November 6, 2018

On November 6, commencing at 4:15 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, during his visit to Japan. The overview is as follows.

1. At the outset, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed the visit of Minister Çavuşoğlu, and deeply thanked again for recent significant efforts by Turkish authorities for the release of Japanese journalist who had been captured in Syria. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also stated that the relationship between Japan and its important partner, Turkey, has been steadily developed in wide range of areas of politics, economy and culture, and that the Prime Minister seeks to further advance concrete cooperative relations, such as the Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and disaster risk reduction.

2. In response, Minister Çavuşoğlu said that H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkey, gave his regards to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Minister Çavuşoğlu also mentioned that he was glad that the Japanese journalist could safely return to Japan, and Turkey welcomes that Japan has been proactively proceeding fair, indifferent and well-balanced in the Middle East.

3. In addition, both sides exchanged views on the Japan-Turkey relationship and the regional issues.