Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On July 8, commencing at 7:05 p.m. local time (July 8, 8:05 p.m. Japan Time) for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visiting Indonesia to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with H.E. Ms. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his respect to Minister Retno for her leadership on the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting as the chair, and conveyed Japan’s continuous support for Indonesia’s success in the G20 Bali Summit. In response, Minister Retno expressed her gratitude for this. Minister Retno also conveyed her condolences on the passing of the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. ABE Shinzo, in such a grievous incident and Minister Hayashi expressed his gratitude to her.
- Regarding the situation in Ukraine, one of the topics of discussion in the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, the two Ministers confirmed that any unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force is not acceptable anywhere in the world.
- The two Ministers exchanged views on the situation in Myanmar. Minister Hayashi expressed concerns over the recent actions including the approval of death penalty executions and the transfer of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to prison. Minister Hayashi also reaffirmed that Japan will continue to fully support the efforts of ASEAN, which will be chaired by Indonesia next year. In response, Minister Retno explained about ASEAN’s efforts and her views on future prospects.
- The two Ministers also discussed ways to further advance bilateral cooperation in fields such as infrastructure development, human resource development, defense equipment cooperation, and maritime safety.