Japan-Singapore Foreign Ministers' Meeting and Luncheon
Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida held a meeting with H.E. Mr. K. Shanmugam, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Law of the Republic of Singapore, for approximately 45 minutes from around 12:30 p.m. (local time) on Friday, January 11 during his visit to Singapore. The meeting was followed by a luncheon for approximately 60 minutes from around 1:20 p.m. The following is an overview of the meeting and luncheon:
1. Opening Remarks
At the onset of the meeting, Minister Kishida thanked Minister Shanmugam for his congratulatory message to him when he assumed his post and said the relationship between the two countries had been developing smoothly. Minister Kishida also said he would like to work together with Minister Shanmugam to address not only bilateral issues but also regional and international issues. Minister Shanmugam welcomed his remarks and said the relationship between Japan and Singapore had remained extremely solid over a long period of time.
2. Bilateral Relations
(1) Minister Kishida said Japan would like to further reinforce its relations with Singapore, an opinion leader in ASEAN and an economic hub in the region, for the sake of playing an active role in ensuring regional peace and prosperity and strengthening its multilayered cooperation with neighboring countries, including Singapore. Minister Shanmugam expressed strong hope for Japan's leadership in a variety of fields.
(2) The two ministers shared the recognition that Japan and Singapore would hold consultations at the vice-ministerial level at an early date to reinforce bilateral policy dialogue. They also concurred on cooperating toward the Japan-Singapore Symposium scheduled to be held in Tokyo at the end of March.
(3) The two ministers welcomed increasing investment and trade between Japan and Singapore under the bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement. They also shared the view that the two countries would promote cooperation in the security area as well as for cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
3. Regional Situation
(1) The two ministers also exchanged views on the regional and international situations. Minister Kishida said Japan placed much value on its cooperation with ASEAN and would like to promote it by taking advantage of the 40th Year of Japan-ASEAN Friendship and Cooperation. Minister Shanmugam welcomed his remarks.
(2) Minister Kishida said the unity of ASEAN was important. The two ministers shared the perception that they would work in close cooperation to strengthen the relationship between Japan and ASEAN. The ministers also exchanged views on North Korea and other issues.
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