TOKYO — The foreign ministers of Japan and the United Arab Emirates agreed Monday to make more progress in cooperation in space exploration and other fields, in order to take the bilateral relationship beyond the trade of fossil fuels.
“We will continue to promote cooperation between the public and private sectors in space exploration, which is a symbolic cooperative initiative between our countries,” Japanese minister Taro Kono said at a joint press appearance with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Tokyo.
The ministers hailed plans to use a Japanese rocket to launch KhalifaSat, the first satellite made in the UAE, and educational exchange programs in the field of space science.
They discussed regional issues in the Middle East and in East Asia, including North Korea, at a subsequent working dinner, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
At the press appearance, the Emirati minister expressed support for Japan on the North Korea issue, calling it “a matter of utmost concern for us, because we believe we face a similar challenge in Iran, and both countries have to recognize that international norms apply on both.”