TOKYO, Dec. 22, Kyodo — Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday he will travel to France, the Czech Republic and Ireland from Jan. 5 to 11.
In France, he is set to hold “two-plus-two” talks involving the countries’ foreign and defense ministers.
The talks would likely focus on the signing of a bilateral pact on logistics cooperation between their forces, known as the acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, a Japanese government source said earlier.
“At a time the world faces concerns such as the challenge to international order based on the rule of law and the rise of protectionism, it is increasingly important that Japan coordinate with European countries, who share basic values,” Kishida told reporters.
“I hope to deepen coordination in political and security aspects, be united in calling for free trade and further strengthen cooperation with Europe for international peace and stability,” Kishida said.
In the Czech Republic, Kishida is scheduled to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic relations in 2017 and to hold talks with his counterpart Lubomir Zaoralek.
In Ireland, Kishida is set to attend a ceremony to celebrate the 60th establishment of Tokyo’s diplomatic ties with Dublin, also in 2017.