Japan-Philippines Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On October 31, commencing at 11:05 a.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a foreign ministers’ meeting with H.E. Mr. Alan Peter S. Cayetano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, who is accompanying H.E. Mr. Rodrigo R. Duterte, President of the Republic of the Philippines, on his trip to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Bilateral relations
2. Regional affairs
(1) Minister Kono expressed gratitude for the Philippine leadership as Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and explained that he intends to cooperate closely for the success of the ASEAN-related Summit Meetings in two weeks’ time. The two ministers shared the view that they will cooperate closely for the success of the upcoming meetings.
(2) The two ministers exchanged views on regional affairs, including North Korea and the South China Sea, and Minister Kono stated that it is important to intensify pressure on North Korea. Secretary Cayetano expressed strong support for Japan’s position on North Korea. In addition, Minister Kono requested understanding and cooperation to promptly resolve the abductions issue.
(3) Minister Kono expressed gratitude for the consistent support from the Philippines for Japan in the international arena, and the two ministers confirmed that they will work together to deal with various challenges.