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The Foreign Affairs Meeting of Japan-Mexico

On 5th January 2023, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan Mr. Yoshimasha HAYASHI, who visited the United Mexican States held a meeting with H. E Mr. Marcelo Luis EBRARD CASAUBÓN, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States. A press conference was held after the meeting. The overview of the meeting is discussed.

At the outset of the meeting, Minister Hayashi expressed his ardent desire to strengthen the bilateral relations between the nations through people-to-people and academic exchanges, collaboration in science and technology, and also to enhance collaboration in the Pacific Alliance and cooperation in the International arena. Both Mexico and Japan commemorated the 135th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations this year together. In response to this, Secretary Ebrard also expressed his hope to work bilaterally to advance such exchanges further, taking the advantage of the opportunity to re-energize the exchanges between the two countries.

Minister Hayashi stated that because of the recent shifts in the international arena, Mexico is once again attracting attention as a destination for investment from the perspective of rebuilding and enhancing the resilience of supply chains. He also touched upon the prospect of future collaboration including in the DX and GX sectors. Secretary Ebrard emphasized various probabilities that Mexico has to offer and further expressed his interest in investment from Japan.

In addition to this, Minister Hayashi, while noting the importance of legal stability and predictability of Japanese investment from a medium-to-long-term perspective, the minister expressed his expectations for ensuring legal stability, particularly in the sector of energy. In response to this, Minister Ebrard stated that Mexico would continue to address the issue and also take into account the interest of Japan as it is Mexico’s important partner.

Minister Hayashi stated that he is keen on working closely with Mexico, a ‘Strategic Global Partner’ toward the realization of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP), further touching upon the importance of strengthening and maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law. The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership) and adhered to closely work in collaboration towards maintaining the high standards of the agreement.

The two ministers further exchanged views on the situation of Ukraine, and the situation in East-Asia, and also talked about the response to North Korea in the face of its nuclear and missile activities and the abduction issue, and the situation in Latin America and the issues in the international sphere, and confirmed that they would continue to work together.

At the joint press conference which was held after the two foreign ministers’ meeting, in response to Secretary Ebrurd’s statement, Minister Hayashi stated that it had been an opportune visit, during which the two nations could confirm their close collaboration in various spheres and expressed his expectations that the bilateral relationship would be further strengthened.