Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, have agreed to set up a framework for maritime dialogue between their countries’ diplomatic authorities.
The framework is designed to discuss maritime order based on the rule of law, according to the agreement reached at their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on Friday.
At their talks, Motegi briefed Cavusoglu on Japan’s initiative of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
During the meeting, the Japanese and Turkish governments signed documents on Japanese loans of up to 45 billion yen to help Turkey develop its social infrastructure amid an influx of Syrian refugees.
Later on Friday, Motegi paid a courtesy call on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They exchanged views on the situation of Afghanistan, which has fallen under the control of the Taliban, and agreed to work closely together on related issues.