Members of the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean Paid a Courtesy Call on Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi

On the morning of 17 October, Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi received a courtesy call from the ambassadors of the member countries of the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC). The following is an outline of the meeting.

1. Foreign Minister Kawaguchi stated that Japan and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean have had traditionally friendly relations, and both share the same basic values through democratization and economic reforms in the region. She also noted that Japan and the region should together tackle such international challenges as poverty and terrorism.

2. Considering the high potential the Latin American and the Caribbean region possesses, including rich resources and a grand economic scale, Foreign Minister Kawaguchi stated the following: both Japan and the region should work to vitalize economic relations; they should also work to strengthen cooperation at the various international fora such as the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC); and continue to provide economic development assistance and engage in human exchange including at the grassroots level.

3. Ambassadors expressed their gratitude for Japan's assistance to date, and stated their strong expectation that cooperation with Japan would advance in a broad range of areas, including the further expansion of political dialogue.


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