Japan-France Vice Ministers’Meeting
On November 17, commencing at 10:30 a.m., for over 3 hours, Mr. OKANO Masataka, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting including a working lunch with H.E.Ms. Anne-Marie DESCÔTES, Secretary General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- The two sides confirmed that Japan and France would strengthen bilateral relations in a wide range of areas, including security and defense, economy, and cultural exchanges. They also confirmed to work together to realize a “free and open Indo-Pacific.”
- In addition to bilateral relations, the two sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues including regional affairs in Indo-Pacific, Ukraine and Russia, as well as the Middle East, cooperation on global issues, and strengthening their respective foreign policy implementation systems. They confirmed that Japan and France would further strengthen their partnership through bilateral, G7 and international cooperation.