Japan-Mexico Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On January 13, commencing at 9 a.m., for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his pleasure to hold the talk with Secretary Ebrard who is well versed in Japan. He also stated that Mexico is a strategic global partner for Japan, sharing fundamental values, and expressed its intention to work with Mexico to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” in Latin America and the Caribbean, aimed at maintaining and strengthening the international order based on the rule of law.
Secretary Ebrard congratulated Minister Hayashi on his appointment as Foreign Minister, and stated that Mexico also attaches importance to its relations with Japan and looks forward to strengthening cooperation between the two countries as strategic partners in the international arena.
- Minister Hayashi appreciated Mexico’s efforts as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. In response, Secretary Ebrard stated that Mexico would continue to work closely with Japan on various issues in the international arena, including nuclear disarmament, referring to his own experience of visiting Hiroshima.
The two ministers also exchanged views regarding the situation of North Korea, including its ballistic missile launches on January 5 and 11 and the abductions issue, and confirmed their continued cooperation on the response to North Korea.
- The two ministers discussed international order in the Indo-Pacific region, including the CPTPP, and shared the view on the importance of maintaining the high standard of the CPTPP.
- In addition, regarding the improvement of business environment in Mexico, Minister Hayashi, noting that Japanese companies operating in Mexico have been contributing to its employment and economic growth, expressed expectation that legal stability would be secured, in the energy sector. Secretary Ebrard responded that Mexico would address the issue, taking into account the interest of Japan, an important partner for Mexico.
Note: Approximately 1,300 Japanese companies are operating in Mexico, the largest number within the Latin America and the Caribbean region.