The European Union (EU) and Japan concluded today in Brussels their seventh round of negotiations toward a Strategic Partnership Agreement. The three-day discussions were constructive and detailed.
The EU side was headed by Julian Wilson, head of the Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand Division at the European External Action Service, while Keiichi Hara, director of the European Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the Japanese side.
In its immediate response to the devastation caused by the tropical cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, the European Commission is making available an initial €1 million to help in the emergency relief efforts. The European Commission is also sending two experts to assess the humanitarian needs and liaise with partner organisations operating on the ground.
Following the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, our thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan.
The EU remains fully committed to fight Da'esh and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq and to stand by the people of all countries who have been most exposed to terrorism.
We will use all means at our disposal to contribute to regional and international efforts undertaken to tackling this threat to human lives and to global security. We will do all that we can to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable.
Brussels, 19 January 2015 – High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Brussels.