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Japan-Poland Foreign Ministers' Meeting

May 10, 2023
Two ministers shaking hands
Ministers at the meeting
Ministers at the joint press conference

On May 10, for about 40 minutes from 6:30 p.m, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a meeting with H.E. Prof. Zbigniew RAU, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland during his visit to Japan. After a joint press conference, Foreign Minister Hayashi hosted working dinner, which started at 7:30 p.m. and lasted approximately 90 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, welcoming Minister Rau’s first visit to Japan, Minister Hayashi stated that he was pleased to see Minister Rau again since the NATO Foreign Ministers' Meeting in April, and that, as per the Action Plan for the Implementation of the Strategic Partnership between Japan and Poland, high-level talks had been held with Poland, and bilateral relations had progressed at various levels. Furthermore, Minister Hayashi pointed out that the Japan-Poland Friendship Parliamentary Group of the both Houses of Representatives has been making efforts to strengthen relations with Poland and expressed his hope that inter-parliamentary exchanges will continue to develop.
  2. Minister Rau stated that he was happy to visit Japan for the first time, that Japan is a strategic partner with whom he shares fundamental values, and that he was pleased to see progress in various areas of relations based on the Action Plan.
  3. In addition, Minister Hayashi explained the new 'National Security Strategy' and the new plan for a 'Free and Open Indo-Pacific' in light of the current severe international security environment. Both Ministers also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine and agreed to continue working together, recognizing that it is impossible to discuss the security of Europe and that of the Indo-Pacific separately. Furthermore, the two ministers confirmed that they will work closely together in dealing with North Korea, including on the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abductions issue.
  4. The two ministers exchanged views on addressing economic security challenges, including economic coercion, as well as the importance of transparent and fair development finance, and confirmed that they will continue to work together.

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