Japan-Kyrgyz Foreign Ministers' Meeting
December 24, 2022
On December 24, commencing at 2:40 p.m.for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Zheenbek KULUBAEV, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, who is visiting Japan to attend the 9th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the "Central Asia plus Japan" Dialogue and a signing ceremony of the “Cooperation Program between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic for 2023-2025”. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that Japan and the Kyrgyz Republic have accumulated a wide range of personnel exchanges at a various levels under friendly partnership relations, and that he welcomed the fact that Kyrgyz personnel who studied in Japan are playing active roles at various levels, including the ministerial level.
- The two Foreign Ministers concurred that Kyrgyzstan's human resources are playing an active role in Japan and looked forward to their further activities. They also welcomed the success of the human resources development under the One Village One Product (OVOP) project and the Project for Human Resources Development Scholarship by Japanese Grant Aid (JDS), and concurred to further promote bilateral relations and stimulate dialogue based on the cooperation program between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries signed prior to the meeting.
- Foreign Minister Kulbayev expressed his gratitude for the various assistance Japan has provided over the past 30 years, as well as the emergency grant aid provided via international organizations in October of this year in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation near the border with Tajikistan. He also expressed hope for further strengthening of economic relations with Japan through the utilization of Kyrgyzstan's human resources and cooperation in the field of decarbonization.
- The two Ministers exchanged views on the international situation, including Ukraine and East Asia, as well as cooperation in the international arena, and confirmed that they will continue to work closely together in various fields.