Courtesy Call on H.E. Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Outline)
On Thursday, January 10, from 1:00 P.M. (local time) for about 45 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is visiting the Philippines, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines. The overview of the meeting is as follows
- At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Kishida stated that he had decided to visit the Philippines for his first overseas visit as Minister for Foreign Affairs out of consideration of the importance of Japan-Philippines relations. He offered his condolences for the damage caused by Typhoon Pablo in December of last year, and again expressed gratitude for the support given by the Philippines to Japan at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- On bilateral relations, Minister Kishida said that he hoped to further strengthen the "strategic relationship" between Japan and the Philippines, and President Aquino agreed on this. In addition, Minister Kishida welcomed the signing of the Framework Agreement concerning the Mindanao Peace Process in October 2012 and stated that Japan wished to continue to make the greatest possible contribution to peace. In response, President Aquino commended and expressed gratitude for Japan's efforts toward peace in Mindanao. Furthermore, on bilateral economic relations, the two shared the view that they would aim to further expand trade and investment and that Japan would cooperate for infrastructure development in the Philippines.
- Concerning ASEAN, Minister Kishida noted that 2013 marked the 40th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. The two shared the view that they would closely collaborate in the future as well.
- In addition, Minister Kishida and President Aquino exchanged opinions on international situations including issues related to the South China Sea.
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