Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida Holds Luncheon Meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan
June 27, 2017
On June 26, commencing at around 00:30 p.m. for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a luncheon meeting with H.E. Mr. Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Minister Kishida mentioned that he visited Turkmenistan for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the “Central Asia plus Japan” Dialogue held on May 1, where he was shown warm hospitality by H.E. Mr. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, and Deputy Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov. Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for Deputy Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov’s efforts in leading the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting to success as Chair, and stated that he is delighted to have the opportunity to hold an exchange of views between the foreign ministers of Japan and Turkmenistan, following on from last month.
2. In response, Deputy Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov expressed gratitude for Minister Kishida’s warm hospitality, along with explaining the recent development of the Japan-Turkmenistan relationship thus far, including at ministerial and leaders’ level. Deputy Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov stated that it would be important to materialize agreements between the two countries’ leaders particularly including those on energy-related projects.
3. In addition, the two sides exchanged views on bilateral cooperation projects in the fields of the economy and economic cooperation as well as human resources development, and also exchanged views on cooperation in the international arena, including United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform. Furthermore, Deputy Chairman and Minister of Foreign Affairs Meredov once again expressed his support for Japan’s position on the North Korea problem.