Japan EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio held a meeting with Ms. Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission. Minister Kishida said that Japan and the EU closely collaborated on various issues including Iran’s nuclear program last year, and Japan continues to work closely with the EU to tackle international challenges. He also expressed his will to work on steady implementation of what both sides agreed at the last Japan-EU Summit, including cooperation for early conclusion of a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) and an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). In response, High Representative Ashton said that the EU would like to continue close cooperation on various agendas with Japan.