The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, and her counterpart, the Foreign Minister of Japan, Tarō Kōno, met today in Brussels. Mogherini and Kōno discussed a broad range of issues on which the EU and Japan cooperate on the world stage, as well as the strengthening of already excellent bilateral relations.
In this regard, the meeting has also been the opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of the negotiations between the European Union and Japan of a Strategic Partnership Agreement that, together with the new Economic Partnership Agreement, will bring great benefits to citizens in both the EU and Japan. High Representative Mogherini and Minister Kōno agreed that the Strategic Partnership Agreement will reinforce the longstanding partnership between the European Union and Japan. The Agreement will cover issues that are bilateral, regional and global in nature, and will allow the EU and Japan to find common solutions to common challenges, such as climate change, energy supply and threats to security. It will help the EU and Japan to jointly promote peace, stability and prosperity globally, as well as an open international system. Existing areas of common work will be strengthened while cooperation in new areas will be explored. In this context, they discussed additional opportunities to collaborate on security and defence matters. The High Representative and the Minister looked forward to the completion of their respective internal procedures before the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement, together with the Economic Partnership Agreement.
High Representative Mogherini and Minister Kōno also discussed the situation on the Korean peninsula, in particular in light of recent developments and ahead of the forthcoming inter-Korean Summit and foreseen meeting between the leaders of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States of America. Concrete steps leading to the DPRK's complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation and full respect for its international obligations remains crucial.
They also discussed the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and the importance of its continued full implementation.
Meeting in the margins of the Second Brussels conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region, co-hosted by the European Union, the High Representative thanked Minister Kōno for Japan's substantial pledge and for his personal involvement in working for an end to the violence in Syria, a credible political solution under the UN auspices, and long-term stability for Syria and the region.