Japan-Netherlands Foreign Ministers Meeting
On September 27, commencing at 10:35 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Wopke HOEKSTRA, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, who is visiting Japan to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that he was delighted to meet Minister Hoekstra, following their meeting in Bali in July, and expressed his gratitude to Minister Hoekstra for visiting Japan to attend the State Funeral for former Prime Minister Abe. Minister Hayashi also thanked Minister Hoekstra for his condolences on the passing of the late former Prime Minister Abe, and Minister Hoekstra expressed his sympathy.
- Minister Hayashi stated that Japan and the Netherlands are strategic partners who share fundamental values and that the two countries have a wide range of areas of cooperation, including close exchanges between the Imperial and Royal Families, as well as in the fields of trade and security among others. Minister Hoekstra stated that the Netherlands attaches importance to its relations with Japan and that he would like to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in the international arena.
- The two Ministers also exchanged views on regional affairs, and they shared the view on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine that it is necessary for the like-minded countries to unite and continue sanctions against Russia and support for Ukraine. Furthermore, the two Ministers confirmed that unilateral change to the status quo by force is not acceptable. They also concurred on the importance for the international community to oppose in unity against economic coercion to effectively deter it.