Japan-Luxembourg Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
November 27, 2017
On November 27, commencing at around 12:20 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a foreign ministers’ meeting with H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, who was visiting Japan on the occasion of the state visit to Japan by His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Minister Asselborn expressed his pleasure that the state visit to Japan by His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri was realized this year, on the commemorative occasion of the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. Minister Kono replied that he was also pleased by the state visit to Japan by His Royal Highness, and explained that he would like to further deepen our bilateral relations on this opportunity.
2. The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in Europe, including the exit of the U.K. from the European Union (EU), and they also shared the view that they would cooperate toward the early signing and entry into force of the Japan-EU EPA.
3. With regard to the situation in North Korea, Minister Kono explained that now it is necessary for the international community as a whole to maximize pressure, and he intended to work closely with Luxembourg. In response, Minister Asselborn expressed complete solidarity with Japan. The two ministers shared the view that they would work closely, including by strengthening pressure on North Korea.