Japan-Indonesia Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
May 21, 2018
On May 21, commencing at 2:00 p.m. (local time) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Ms. Retno L.P. Marsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Republic, during his visit to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Kono mentioned the recent terrorist attacks that took place in Surabaya and elsewhere, and expressed his sincere condolences to those who lost their lives or were injured, and their grieving families. Furthermore he stated that such inhuman acts of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason and Japan firmly condemns them. In response, Minister Retno stated that terrorism is an actual threat, and Indonesia intends to cooperate with Japan in the field of counterterrorism.
- Minister Kono noted that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and he intends to further strengthen the Japan-Indonesia relationship. Minister Retno replied that she wants to use the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year as an opportunity for further expanding the Japan-Indonesia relationship.
- The two ministers also exchanged views on regional affairs, including North Korea, the South China Sea and the Middle East situation, and shared the view that they will collaborate closely going forward also. In addition, Minister Kono sought Minister Retno's understanding and cooperation in promptly resolving the abductions issue.