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FM Motegi urges EU to avoid confusion caused by Brexit

  • October 22, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 4
  • JMH Translation

Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with Federica Mogherini, high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Oct. 21. Motegi touched on the UK’s departure from the EU and told Mogherini that he “strongly hopes that the confusion that would be caused by a ‘no-deal Brexit’ will be avoided.” He also commented on the plan to leave the EU compiled by the UK government and the EU by saying: “We welcome the new agreement. We’ll closely monitor the process in the future.”


Motegi held a series of meetings with about 10 representatives of countries and regions who came to Japan to attend the Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor at the Seiden State Hall scheduled for Oct. 22.


During a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko, Motegi said, “Our position is that we never tolerate any attempt to change the status quo by force,” in reference to the Russian invasion of Crimea, indicating his willingness to strengthen relations with Ukraine. Prystayko replied, “We’d like to further strengthen our relationship with Japan.”

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