Japan-Saudi Arabia Relations

October 1, 2015
On September 30, commencing at 7:30 p.m. for approximately two hours, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a dinner meeting at the residence of Japan's permanent representative to the United Nations with H.E. Mr. Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1 At the beginning, Minister Kishida expressed his condolences at the recent string of accidents at Makkah. Minister Kishida then mentioned that year 2015 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, stressing that Saudi Arabia is one of the most important countries in Japan's policy towards the Middle East, and indicated his hope to make this an opportunity to think together with Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir on ways to further strengthen bilateral relations. In response, Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir stated that Japan is the most important country for Saudi Arabia, and expressed his hope to further deepen bilateral relations in working towards achieving peace and stability in the region and the international society, through a ''comprehensive partnership'' between the two countries.

2 With regard to the bilateral relations, Minister Kishida indicated that Japan would like to continue working with Saudi Arabia, which is a major power in the region, to actively contribute to peace and stability in the region. To that end, Minister Kishida expressed his hope to continue holding high-level political dialogues, as well as activating people-to-people exchanges at various levels and in a range of fields, and cooperating in the areas of business and human resources development. In response, Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir also expressed his desire to expand exchanges and cooperation with Japan not only in terms of the economy and investment, but also in an array of fields including politics, security and culture. Foreign Minister Al-Jubeir indicated that he will take necessary measures to realize this.

3 The two Foreign Ministers also engaged in a wide-ranging exchange of views on regional issues such as policies for dealing with violent extremism, the Iranian nuclear issue, and Yemeni situation. With regard to these issues confronting the Middle East, Minister Kishida stated that Japan will provide assistance utilizing its strengths to help achieve stability in the region. The two Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their intention to continue close exchange of views.

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