Japan-Paraguay Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
March 24, 2016
On Thursday, March 24 commencing at 6:30pm for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Eladio Loizaga, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay, during his visit to Japan as a guest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). They subsequently participated in a document signing event and held a working dinner. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
A result of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting was the signing of an Exchange of Notes on General Cultural Grant Assistance for the “Project for Improvement of Equipment of the National Training Center, National Secretary of Sports.”
1. The two sides agreed to cooperate in further deepening friendly relations between Japan and Paraguay this year, which marks the 80th year of Japanese immigration.
2. Foreign Minister Loizaga explained Paraguay’s economic policies and expressed expectations regarding investments from Japan. In response, welcoming the remarks, Foreign Minister Kishida commented that Japan hopes to further advance the bilateral economic relationship between Japan and Paraguay under Mr. Horacio Cartes, President of the Republic of Paraguay, who is actively seeking to attract investments.
3. Foreign Minister Kishida explained that Japan hopes to expand interactions between the two countries through sports by today’s signing of an Exchange of Notes on General Cultural Grant Assistance, and Foreign Minister Loizaga expressed heartfelt gratitude for Japan’s assistance to date and a desire to advance interactions further in the area of sports.
4. Foreign Minister Kishida communicated that Japan decided to adopt a visa exemption measure for holders of Paraguay’s diplomatic and official passports in response to a request from the Paraguay side.
5. The two sides agreed to cooperate on the United Nations Security Council reform.
6. Foreign Minister Kishida asked for support for Japan’s Legislation for Peace and Security, and Foreign Minister Loizaga expressed clear support.
7. The two sides agreed on a favorable assessment of Security Council Resolution 2270 adopted on February 29 regarding North Korea’s nuclear test and ballistic missile launch. Furthermore, Foreign Minister Kishida requested Paraguay’s understanding and cooperation in efforts to achieve a comprehensive solution to various issues with North Korea, such as nuclear weapons, missiles, and abductions, and Foreign Minister Loizaga expressed understanding and support for Japan’s position.
8. The two Foreign Ministers also conducted frank exchanges of opinions concerning conditions in East Asia and Latin America, and other matters.