Japan- Türkiye Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On January 16, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting the Republic of Türkiye, held a meeting and a working dinner with H.E. Dr Hakan FIDAN, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye approximately for 2 hours. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Kamikawa welcomed the first time meeting with Minister Fidan and expressed her gratitude for the Turkish Government's message of condolences and offer of assistance following the damage caused by the 2024 Noto Peninsula earthquake.
- Looking back on the developments in the past 10 years since the bilateral relations between Japan and Türkiye were upgraded to the Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2013, Minister Kamikawa stated that she would like to take advantage of this year, which marks the centenary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries, to intensify high-level visits and various consultations. The two ministers confirmed that they will work together on important bilateral issues, such as the early conclusion of negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Social Security Agreement, and the opening of the Turkish-Japanese University of Science and Technology (TJU), as well as the possibility of cooperation in areas such as in the energy sector and strengthening ties between Japanese and Turkish companies in third countries, such as Central Asia and Africa.
- The Ministers also exchanged views on a wide range of regional and international situations, including the Russian aggression against Ukraine, the situation in the Gaza Strip, and the East Asia situation. They concurred on working together toward restoration and reconstruction of Ukraine and collaborating towards early calming down of the situation in the Gaza Strip.