Meeting between Foreign Minister Kishida
and Australian Trade and Competitiveness Minister Dr Emerson (Overview)
January 13, 2013
On January 13 from 5：15 P.M. (local time) for about 40 minutes, Mr Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, visiting Australia, met with the Hon Dr Craig Emerson MP, Minister for Trade and Competitiveness of Australia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Kishida offered his sympathy on behalf of the Government and people of Japan for damages caused by the bushfires in various parts of Australia. He stated that Japan and Australia are important strategic partners and that he had placed great importance on Australia since he visited Australia in 2006 as the leader of the Japanese delegation of the Australia-Japan Young Political Leaders Exchange Program. He also stated that he wished to strengthen cooperative relations between the two countries.
- In response, Minister Emerson expressed his gratitude for Minister Kishida’s words on the bushfires. He also appreciated Minister Kishida’s visit Australia as part of his first overseas trip as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
- Minister Kishida explained the new government’s fundamental guidelines. Minister Emerson stated that the region would welcome Japanese economy to grow. He also mentioned that Australia had placed high priority on its relations with Asia, including Japan as clearly stated in Australia in the Asian Century white paper, and that he would like to cooperate further with Japan.
- The two ministers shared the view that they would work towards an early conclusion of the EPA negotiations. Furthermore, Minister Emerson stated that he would like to work closely with Japan in the context of World Trade Organization (WTO), the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Minister Kishida agreed to continue cooperation with Australia.
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