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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • POLITICS

  • 6 July 2018

    “We took stock of cooperation between our states and we outlined directions of development, which are set out in the 2017-2020 Action Plan that implements the existing strategic partnership between our states,” said Minister Jacek Czaputowicz on Friday after meeting Japanese top diplomat Taro Kono.

    The talks focused on prospects for developing Polish-Japanese relations in economy, energy, and other areas. “Japan is an important investor in the Polish economy. We look forward to stepping up our bilateral economic contacts in trade and direct investment,” underlined Minister Czaputowicz. He went on to say that as the EU Member State, Poland welcomes the Japan-EU summit which will take place in Brussels on 11 July. “During the summit, Japan and the EU will sign a free-trade and a strategic partnership agreement, which we believe will help foster closer relations both between the European Union and Japan and between Poland and Japan,” said the MFA head.

     

    The ministers also discussed cultural cooperation in the context of the centenary of the establishment of Polish-Japanese diplomatic relations, which will be celebrated next year. On this occasion, the two top diplomats presented the logotype of next year’s ceremonies at the joint press conference. “We want to use the next year marking the establishment of our relations to highlight the importance of Polish-Japanese cooperation,” stressed Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. The visit was also an opportunity to discuss global and regional security, including the situation in the Korean Peninsula and the Middle East and NATO-Japan cooperation.

     

    During his visit to Warsaw, Minister Kono was a special guest of the Ambassadors Conference, which is taking place in Warsaw this week. The Japanese top diplomat took part in the panel devoted to prospects for Polish-Japanese cooperation.

     

    In Warsaw, the Japanese foreign minister also visited the Warsaw School of Economics, where he studied in 1984 as an exchange student from the Washington-based Georgetown University. “I am happy that after more than 30 years I have the opportunity to visit Warsaw again. I would like to thank Minister Czaputowicz and the Polish side for their warm welcome,” stressed Minister Kono.

     

    Poland and Japan have had a strategic partnership since 2015. Today, Japan is the largest Asian investor in Poland. It is estimated that Japanese investment has created around 40,000 jobs across Poland.

     

     

     

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