Japan-Ukraine Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On October 21, commencing at 12:30 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Mr. Vadym PRYSTAIKO, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, who is visiting Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Minister Motegi welcomed Minister Prystaiko’s visit to Japan. Minister Motegi stated, “Japan has consistently respected Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and maintains the position of never accepting attempts to change the status quo by force”, “The Government of Japan hopes to advance cooperation with the new Government of Ukraine as a partner sharing fundamental values.” In response, Minister Prystaiko expressed expectations for cooperation and strengthening bilateral relations with Minister Motegi.
2. Regarding bilateral relations, Minister Motegi stated that Japan, as one of the largest donors to Ukraine, will support the reform efforts of the Government of Ukraine. Minister Motegi noted on his outlook for bilateral cooperation, and stated, “Japan hopes to advance cooperation in both the security, trade and investment areas.” In response, Minister Prystaiko appresiated supports from Japan and stated he would like to develop cooperation and exchanges in security, economy, culture, education, tourism and other areas.
3. Both Ministers exchanged views regarding the situation in Ukraine. Minister Motegi expressed expectations for cooperation of the ceasefire and disengagement of forces in eastern Ukraine. In response, Minister Prystaiko mentioned effort of President Zelemskyy toward peaceful solution of the situation and expressed expectations for proceeding to new step by holding the next Normandy Format summit meeting.