Countries & Regions
Japan-Hungary Summit Meeting
June 17, 2013
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
On Sunday, June 16, between 3:40 P.M. and just after 4:00 P.M., Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is visiting the Republic of Poland, met with H.E. Mr. Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
(1) Prime Minister Abe touched upon June 16 being the anniversary of the death of former Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Hungary Mr. Imre Nagy, who sacrificed his life for freedom and democracy. He invited Prime Minister Orbán to Japan this year for the purpose of strengthening relations with Hungary, which shares fundamental values with Japan. He also said Japan wanted to cooperate with Hungary, which will assume presidency of the V4 after Poland.
(2) In response, Prime Minister Orbán expressed gratitude for the invitation to Japan and said that he looked forward to the visit as a follow up on the day’s V4 plus Japan meeting.
(1) The two leaders shared the view that they would aim to strengthen bilateral economic relations. To that end, they shared the view that they would aim to sign and enforce the social security agreement being negotiated by their two countries at the earliest possible date.
(2) In particular, in the field of energy, the two shared the view that they recognized the great latent potential for cooperation between their countries.
(3) Prime Minister Orbán stated that he supported the Japan-European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).