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Japan-Hungary Foreign Ministers' Meeting

July 26, 2023
Two ministers shaking hands
Photo session before the Japan-Hungary Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Japan-Hungary Foreign Ministers’Meeting

On July 26, commencing at 1:05 p.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Péter SZIJJÁRTÓ, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary.The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that he is glad to see that our countries are cooperating in various areas. He also stated that in the wake of Russia's aggression against Ukraine, collaboration among like-minded countries is becoming more important than ever, and Japan would like to work with Hungary, as a neighboring country of Ukraine and an important EU and NATO member,toward upholding and strengthening the free and open international order based on the rule of law.
  2. Regarding Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Minister Hayashi reiterated that amid the protracted aggression by Russia against Ukraine, it is important for the international community to unite in continuing strict sanctions against Russia and strong support for Ukraine, in order for the like-minded countries to demonstrate that Russia’s act will come at a high cost.The two ministers concurred that Russsia’s aggression against Ukraine is illegal and unjustifiable and it has a significant impact internationally. Minister Szijjártó then gave an explanation about the impact that Hungary is suffering as a result of this aggression.
  3. The two ministers welcomed that economic relationship between two countries has been increasingly strengthened, including new investments by Japanese companies. They also exchanged views on the regional situation, such as China and North Korea, and confirmed that they would continue to work together to address North Korea including the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abductions issue.

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