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Foreign Minister Kono meets with Turkish president, agrees on security talks

  • December 29, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

Foreign Minister Taro Kono met with Turkish President Recep Erdogan in Turkey’s capital of Ankara on the afternoon of Dec. 28 (on the night of the same day, Japan time). During the meeting, they confirmed the importance of a strategic partnership between the two countries in trade, economic, and other areas. With the intensifying international situation in mind, the two agreed to newly establish a “Japan-Turkey forum for security consultations” to discuss security issues in East Asia and the Middle East and hold its first meeting of their director-general level officials in late January next year. They also exchanged views on the issue of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent statement in which he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

 

Kono also met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. At a joint press conference after the meeting, Kono said, “We want to communicate with Turkey in a proactive manner at all levels to promote our strategic partnership.” Cavusoglu said, “We want to build a strong relationship with Japan.”

 

During the meeting with President Erdogan, Kono expressed his support for peace based on the two-state solution between Israel and Palestine for their coexistence. In this regard, Kono explained Japan’s stance, saying “the status of Jerusalem should be determined through negotiations between the parties involved.” Kono said the United States’ involvement is indispensable to the peace process in the Middle East, calling on them to act in a calm manner for the easing of tensions. The foreign minister also asked for President Erdogan’s understanding about Japan’s policy of increasing pressures on North Korea.

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