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Japan-Mexico Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

August 25, 2023

On August 25, commencing at 9:00 a.m. for approximately twenty minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Alicia BÁRCENA IBARRA, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi congratulated Secretary Bárcena on her appointment as Secretary of Foreign Affairs. He also stated that this year marks the 135th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations and would like to further deepen cooperation with Mexico, which is a strategic global partner that shares values and principles. In response, Secretary Bárcena expressed that Mexico also attaches importance to the relationship with Japan and would like to strengthen cooperation not only bilaterally but also in the international arena.
  2. In addition, Minister Hayashi, while highlighting the importance of the contribution of Japanese companies to the Mexican economy and society, pointed out the importance of legal stability and predictability for investment from a medium- to long-term perspective, and requested continued cooperation. In response, Secretary Bárcena stated that Mexico would continue its cooperation, taking into account the interest of Japan, its important partner, from which many companies are investing.
  3. Minister Hayashi also stressed the importance to cooperate with Latin American countries that share fundamental values and principles with Japan. He referred that he has visited nine Latin American countries this year and expressed his desire to deepen cooperation with this region to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law. In response, Secretary Bárcena stated that Mexico also would like to work in solidarity and cooperate with Japan in various ways.
  4. The two ministers exchanged views on pressing regional and international situation, such as North Korea including the launch using ballistic missile technology on August 24th, and Ukraine, as well as on the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership). And they concurred to closely work together to maintain the high standards of the CPTPP. In addition, regarding the recently initiated discharge of ALPS treated water into the ocean, Minister Hayashi explained Japan's position, referring to the IAEA's assessment in its Comprehensive Report, and Secretary Bárcena stated that she is confident that Japan will implement it complying with international standards.

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