PRESS RELEASE 225
Bilateral Political Consultations between Spain and Japan
21/12/2020

​The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach, and the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Hiroshi Suzuki, have held Political Consultations between Spain and Japan today, at which they addressed the main issues of bilateral relations and shared questions of interest on the international agenda.

These are the second strategic consultations, following the raising to this status of relations in the Joint Declaration signed between the President of the Government of Spain and Prime Minister Abe in Madrid in 2018. The two parties have held regular and fluid dialogue despite the circumstances caused by COVID-19.

The State secretary welcomed the boost given to bilateral relations through an increased number of high-level visits, the latest being the visit by Their Majesties the King and Queen to Tokyo to attend the international celebration of the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in 2019, as well as the bilateral dialogue mechanisms established, and dialogue at the level of Directors-General on Ibero-America and dialogue on Africa at the level of Assistant Directors-General.

The two parties agreed on the interest aroused in our countries between our two societies, strengthened by the constant reciprocal increase in tourist numbers in 2019.

At a commercial level, State secretary Gallach analysed the need to step up investment flows between our countries in a context of sustainable and “green” recovery in the wake of the pandemic. She also stressed the importance of business collaboration in third markets.

They also addressed international affairs of particular importance, such as the Spanish initiative within the framework of the OECD to boost safe mobility between countries, the WHO, the WTO and the fight against climate change, with particular reference to the holding of the 30th anniversary in 2021 of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty and the Glasgow COP26.

Lastly, they addressed such regional questions as relations between the EU and Japan, which offers opportunities for greater collaboration and bilateral interaction, the vision of the Indo-Pacific and the situation in East Asia.

 

 

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