Attendance by Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Shunichi Suzuki at the Sixth Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC)

June 14, 2013

    1. From June 13 to June 14, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Shunichi Suzuki visited Bali, Indonesia, to attend the Sixth Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), which was held with the participation of 36 countries from Asia (16 countries including Japan) and Latin America (20 countries).
    2. During the event, a Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Foreign Ministers' Retreat was held. At the Foreign Ministers' Meeting, a report was made on the proposals of the FEALAC Vision Group for the vitalization of FEALAC, and the meeting adopted the Uluwatu Declaration as an outcome document.
    3. The Foreign Ministers' Retreat was held under the theme of "Promoting East Asia and Latin America Cooperation," and featured discussions on the strengthening connectivity between the Asia and Latin America such as university networks and support for small- and medium-size enterprises, as well as on common issues for the two regions including the reform of the United Nations, the poverty reduction, disaster prevention, and climate change countermeasures. During the discussions, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki explained Japan's economic diplomacy, which emphasizes the strengthening of relations with Asia and Latin America which are global growth centers. He also pointed out the importance of maintaining and strengthening the global order based on international laws and rules that support such economic growth. In addition, he stated that Japan places importance on FEALAC, the only regional forum connecting the two regions, and reaffirmed that Japan hopes to continue to play a leading role in the forum.
    4. During the meeting, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister Suzuki made a courtesy call on Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia, and held bilateral meetings or discussions with representatives of various countries (Dr. Marty Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia; Mr. Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea; Dr. José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States; Mr. Luis Porto, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay; Mr. Carlos Raúl Morales, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala; Ms. Mónica Lanzetta Mutis, Vice-Minister of Foreign Relations of the Republic of Colombia; and Mr. Ha Kim Ngoc, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam).


* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of the original in Japanese.