Japan-Brunei Foreign Ministers' Meeting & Luncheon
During his visit to Brunei Darussalam, Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida held talks and had luncheon with His Royal Highness Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for about 1 hour and 40 minutes from about 12:15 p.m. (local time) on Saturday, January 12. The following is an overview of the meeting.
- At the outset, Minister Kishida expressed his hope for further strengthening relations between the two countries on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of friendship and cooperation between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year and the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Brunei next year. Minister Mohamed responded by saying that Japan and Brunei had amicable relations since before the establishment of formal diplomatic ties.
- On bilateral relations, Minister Kishida said Japan hoped to strengthen multi-layered collaboration with Brunei and its neighboring countries amid the changing strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific region. Minister Mohamed expressed Brunei's expectations of the role played by Japan in promoting peace and prosperity in the region. On economic issues, Minister Kishida thanked Brunei for the stable supply of its liquefied natural gas to Japan, and said Japanese corporations were actively contributing to diversifying the economy and creating employment opportunities in Brunei. The two ministers shared the recognition that their two countries would cooperate with each other in building mutually beneficial relations. On issues in the political and security areas, Minister Kishida expressed Japan's willingness to cooperate in bringing about success to the ADMM-Plus Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR)/Military Medicine (MM) Exercise scheduled to take place in Brunei in June. The two ministers also shared the view that both sides would cooperate in further promoting people-to-people exchanges.
- The two ministers exchanged views on both the regional and international situations. Minister Kishida said he placed much expectation on Brunei's leadership role as this year's chair of ASEAN, adding that Japan would provide positive support for the creation of the ASEAN Community scheduled for 2015. The two ministers shared the perception that their countries would work closely together throughout this year on such occasions as a Japan-ASEAN special summit meeting to be held in December. They also exchanged views on the situation in the South China Sea and the reform of the U.N. Security Council.
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