Japan-Uzbekistan Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On December 24, commencing at 4:40 p.m.for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Vladimir NOROV, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan who is visiting Japan to attend the 9th Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the "Central Asia plus Japan" Dialogue. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi, touching upon the deepening of the strategic partnership with Uzbekistan, with which Japan has long-standing friendly relations, stated that Uzbekistan is an important partner in building a free and open international order based on the rule of law and that he would like to work more closely with Uzbekistan.
- The two Ministers exchanged views on cooperation in the labor sector, which is affected by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, and in the environment and climate change sectors, and expressed their hopes for the formation of concrete projects for the implementation of the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), among others. The two Ministers also welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation between the environmental authorities of the two countries and exchanged views on the smooth implementation of important individual projects between the two countries.
- Minister Norov highly appreciated Japan's contribution to Uzbekistan's sustainable development through human resource development and other efforts, and expressed his desire to strengthen relations through further participation of Japanese companies in Uzbekistan's economy, cooperation in the field of education, and other activities.
- 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.