Japan-Turkey Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On June 16, from around 5:50 p.m. (current local time) for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, on the occasion of the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) in Istanbul. An overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Gemba expressed his appreciation to the Government of Turkey for hosting the fourth meeting of the NPDI. Minister Davutoglu responded by commending Japan's role in the NPDI initiative and stating that Japan, as the only country to have ever suffered atomic bombings, is the most fitting country to promote such an initiative. He then expressed Turkey's intention to cooperate in this initiative.
- Minister Gemba, looking ahead to the successful holding of the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan scheduled for July 8, stated that he expects Turkey to make an appropriate contribution toward the economic development of Afghanistan. Minister Davutoglu, while explaining the current status of the dialogue process among the neighboring countries of Afghanistan (Istanbul Process), which Turkey is advancing, stated that the stability of Afghanistan is essential to the stability of the entire region and that Turkey would like to cooperate on the Tokyo Conference initiative that Japan is advancing.
- Both Ministers reaffirmed to develop strategic bilateral ties as was confirmed during Minister Gemba's visit to Turkey in January 2012, and shared the view to deepen cooperation and dialogue on political and economic fronts.
- Both Ministers also exchanged views on the situation in Syria and the nuclear issue of Iran. Minister Gemba stated that he highly commends Turkey's active role in response to the situation in Syria, among other matters.
(*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original version in Japanese.)
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