Japan- Timor-Leste Relations

August 5, 2022
Photo session before the Japan-Timor-Leste Foreign Minister’s Meeting
(Photo) Japan-Timor-Leste Foreign Minister’s Meeting

On August 5, commencing at 0:50 p.m.(P) local time (August 5, 2:50 p.m. Japan Time) for approximately 15 minutes (P), Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, visiting Cambodia to attend the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ Meetings, held a meeting with H.E. Mrs. Adaljiza Albertina Xavier Reis Magno, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that he would like to further develop the bilateral relations on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Timor-Leste, and expressed his gratitude for Minister Magno’s condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Abe. In response, Minister Magno reiterated her sincere condolence on the passing of former Prime Minister Abe, and stated that she would work with Minister Hayashi to further enhance the bilateral cooperative relations.
  2. Minister Hayashi stated that Japan has been promoting a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and that he would like to cooperate in the improvement of connectivity through infrastructure cooperation as well as maritime security capacity building. Minister Hayashi also expressed his intention to further enhance cooperation in security including through defense exchanges and health sector. The two ministers concurred to further promote cooperation in the above mentioned areas. Furthermore, Minister Hayashi conveyed continuous support for the efforts of Timor-Leste to join ASEAN and Minister Magno appreciated the support.
  3. The two ministers exchanged views on regional issues, including Russia's aggression against Ukraine, the situation surrounding Taiwan and the situation in the East and South China Seas. The two ministers also affirmed that they would work together in dealing with North Korea, including on the nuclear, missile, and abductions issues.

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