Japan-Kuwait Relations

October 3, 2020
Japan-Kuwait Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On October 3, commencing at 5:40 p.m. (local time) for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who was visiting Kuwait, held a Japan-Kuwait Foreign Ministers' Meeting with H.E. Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohamed Al-Sabah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait. The overview is as follows.

  1. Minister Motegi expressed his condolences on the passing of former Amir Sheikh Sabah, noting that he had played an important role for the peace and stability of the Middle East and the international community and that his demise is a tremendous loss for the international community as well. In response, Minister Ahmad expressed his appreciation to Minister Motegi for his words of condolence.
  2. Minister Motegi stated that he hopes to develop a comprehensive partnership on the basis of the achievements of the two countries to date. Minister Ahmad responded that Kuwait values its relationship with Japan and seeks to further develop relations.
  3. Minister Motegi noted that Kuwait, as a country that values regional balance and contributes to regional stability, is an important partner for Japan. Also, Minister Motegi conveyed that Japan's policy to make proactive diplomatic efforts for easing tentions in the Middle East and stabilizing the situation is unfaltering even under the Suga Cabinet. Minister Ahmad appreciated the diplomatic efforts of Japan. Both Ministers exchanged views regarding the situation of the Gulf and the Middle East including the Middle East Peace Process, and confirmed that they will continue to cooperate closely for the peace and stability in the Middle East.
  4. The Ministers also discussed the situation of East Asia including the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the situation regarding North Korea. In this context, Minister Motegi asked for understanding and cooperation toward the early resolution of the abductions issue and obtained the support of Minister Ahmad.

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