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Japan-Germany Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

November 8, 2023
Two Ministers who shake hands facing straight at a camera
Two Ministers who have a talk after having a seat at a table

On November 8, commencing at 8:45 a.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Japan-Germany Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Ms. Annalena Baerbock, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Federal Republic of Germany, who is visiting Japan to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Tokyo. The overview of the meetings is as follows.

At the outset, Minister Kamikawa welcomed Minister Baerbock’s visit to Japan and stated that she is pleased to see that Japan-German relations are closer and stronger than ever, noting the first Japan-German Inter-Governmental Consultations held in Tokyo in March and progress in cooperation in the field of security.

The two ministers confirmed that they will work closely to further strengthen cooperation between the two countries, on issues of common interest, including cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, the various tensed regional situations, the WPS (Women, Peace and Security) and gender equality.

Minister Kamikawa conveyed her support for Germany's efforts to enhance its defense capabilities based on the new national security strategy and its involvement in the Indo-Pacific region. The two ministers shared the intention to work toward the early conclusion of the ACSA, which has been negotiated between the two countries to facilitate provision of goods and services between defense forces of both countries.

The two ministers exchanged views on the response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, challenges in Indo-Pacific and on other regional situations such as China and North Korea and shared the recognition that they need to continue providing strong support for Ukraine even in the face of the current situation in the Middle East. The two ministers also confirmed that they will continue bilateral cooperation in responding to North Korea on the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abductions issue.

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