The 3rd Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue
On 12 October, Ms. YOSHIKAWA Yuumi attended the third Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue held in Tallinn, the Republic of Estonia, with the attendance of Ms. Kyllike Sillaste-Elling, Undersecretary of Political Affairs of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Egidijus Meilunas, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, and Mr. Andris Pelss, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia.
- The heads of delegations welcomed the dialogue which was held for the first time in three years, which had been suspended due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. They shared the view to continue to promote cooperation between Japan and the Baltic countries in the economic fields such as energy, connectivity, and start-ups, as well as in the international arena.
- Regarding regional affairs, the heads of delegations reconfirmed that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is an outrageous act that undermines the foundation of the international order, and reaffirmed the importance of unity of the international community in implementing strong sanctions against Russia and supporting Ukraine. Recognizing the security of Europe and the Indo-Pacific region is inseparable, they discussed the situation in East Asia, and they shared the view that unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force are not acceptable anywhere in the world. Furthermore, they strongly condemned North Korea’s launches of ballistic missiles and confirmed their cooperation in addressing issues related to North Korea, including the abductions issue.
- The heads of delegations decided to hold the fourth Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue in Japan.
The “Japan-Baltic Cooperation Dialogue” was established by the leaders of Japan and the Baltic countries in order to further promote Japan-Baltic cooperation in a wide range of areas when former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo visited the countries in January 2018 for the first time as Prime Minister of Japan.