Japan-Qatar Relations

Japan-Qatar Summit Meeting

January 29, 2019

On January 29, commencing at 3:50 p.m. for approximately 45 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a meeting with H. H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar during his official working visit to Japan. The overview is as follows. After the meeting, Prime Minister Abe and Amir Tamim attended the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Establishment of a Strategic Dialogue (English (PDF)Open a New Window / Japanese (PDF)Open a New Window) and the memorandum of cooperation.

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    Photograph of the leaders shaking hands
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    Photograph of the Japan-Qatar Summit Meeting
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    Photograph of the signing ceremony
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1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe welcomed Amir Tamim’s first visit to Japan in four years and expressed gratitude for the many efforts by Amir Tamim and other Qatar Government officials for the release of the Japanese journalist detained in Syria. He also welcomed that 2021 will be the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Qatar, and stated that he hoped it would be an opportunity to promote cooperative cultural exchanges and appeal for good bilateral relations.

2. Amir Tamim stated that Japan and Qatar’s relations are seen in not only energy, but also various fields, and that he would like to deepen bilateral relations through the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and that he expects that friendly bilateral relations will be strengthened in various fields.

3. Both leaders welcomed the establishment of the Strategic Dialogue, and confirmed to the existing Joint Economic Committee, Policy Dialogue, and Security Dialogue framework by utilizing further strengthening bilateral cooperative relations. In addition, Prime Minister Abe stated that the Government of Japan decided to relax issuance requirements for multiple entry visas for Qatari citizens toward activating people-to-people exchanges.

4. Both leaders confirmed the importance of bilateral cooperative relations for LNG. In addition, they indicated their hopes for the development of private business cooperation while welcoming the participation of Japanese businesses in infrastructure projects, including for energy, transportation, and power generation, through utilization of Japan’s strong advanced technology.

5. In addition, both leaders exchanged views on the international situation in the Middle East, Asia, and other regions.