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Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

December 16, 2023
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shakes hand woth Malaysian Foreign Minister
Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

On December 16, commencing at 3:30 p.m. for approximately 45 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Japan-Malaysia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with Dato' Seri Utama Haji Mohamad bin Haji Hasan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, who is visiting Japan to attend the related events of the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Introduction
    Minister Kamikawa congratulated Minister Mohamad on his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and stated that Prime Minister Kishida's visit to Malaysia in November was quite meaningful since the leaders of the two countries confirmed their commitment to work closely to maintain and strengthen a free and open international order based on the rule of law as well as to ensure a world where human dignity is protected. In response, Minister Mohamad appreciated that he was welcomed by the Japanese side on his visit. The two ministers concurred to further develop Japan-Malaysia relations under the "Comprehensive and Strategic Partnership" to which the two countries were elevated this time.
  2. Bilateral Relations
    Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan would like to continue to promote security cooperation including through the Official Security Assistance (OSA) concerning the provision of equipment for monitoring and surveillance activities to the Malaysian Armed Forces as well as the Strategic Dialogue between foreign and defense authorities, which was decided to be launched this time.
    Minister Kamikawa also stated that taking the opportunity of the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) Leaders’ Meeting and others, she would like to strengthen cooperation on energy transition and decarbonization.
    In response, Minister Mohamad stated that he would like to further promote cooperation between the two countries in a wide range of areas, including security and economy.
  3. Responding to regional and international challenges
    The two ministers also exchanged views on various regional and international issues, and confirmed that they would continue to work together on such issues as the South China Sea and Israel-Gaza situation.

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