News Center -TDO- Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu, who is on an official visit to the Republic of Turkey, met with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, on 20 August 2021. The meeting of the two ministers lasted 150 minutes.

Initially, Foreign Minister Motegi expressed his happiness to meet with Minister Çavuşoğlu again after the G20 Nagoya Foreign Ministers' Summit and conveyed his congratulations for the success of the Turkish athletes in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He also stated that they attach importance to relations with Turkey, both the largest country in the region and the strategic partner of Japan, after sharing their wishes for recovery due to the large forest fires in the south of Turkey a while ago. In response, Minister Çavuşoğlu shared his thanks for the message and expressed his thoughts on strengthening relations with Japan.

Minister Motegi conveyed his opinion on further strengthening the cooperation for the development of relations between the two countries in various fields, such as the early conclusion of the Japan-Turkey Economic Cooperation Agreement (EPA), the progress of the Social Security Agreement negotiations, and the establishment of the Turkish-Japanese Science and Technology University. In addition, he expressed his desire to deepen the talks between the maritime states of Japan and Turkey on various maritime issues, including the law-based maritime order, after introducing Japan's work towards the realization of the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)" concept. The parties agreed to start the "Japan-Turkey maritime negotiations". In addition, Minister Motegi stated they aim to increase mutual high-level visits on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Turkish-Japanese diplomatic relations in 2024.

Two leaders exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East region, particularly on issues such as Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East peace process, and the developments in East Asia, including China and North Korea. Minister Çavuşoğlu supported Minister Motegi's request for understanding and cooperation for an immediate solution to the abduction problem.

During the talks, mutual official documents were signed by the two Ministers regarding the 45 billion Japanese Yen upper limit loan to provide social infrastructure to the local governments of Turkey affected by the entry of Syrian immigrants into the country.

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