Japan foreign minister discussing political, economic, defense cooperation with PHL counterpart

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Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is visiting Philippines from January 8 to 9. He will be meeting with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. to discuss cooperation on political, economic, defense, and other areas under Philippine-Japan Strategic Partnership.

The bilateral meeting between Toshimitsu and Locsin will be held on January 9 “to discuss the advancement of the Philippine-Japan Strategic Partnership in terms of political dialogues, economic and infrastructure cooperation, defense and maritime security, and Japan’s support for Mindanao and the transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

“The Foreign Ministers will also exchange views on developments in the regional security landscape,” it added.

Toshimitsu will also pay a courtesy call to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“This will be Foreign Minister Motegi’s first visit to the Philippines after being appointed to the post on 11 September 2019,” DFA said.

“The Philippines is part of the Foreign Minister’s four-country Southeast Asian swing that also includes stops in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia,” it added.

DFA noted that the visit constitutes a further affirmation of the strengthened strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan, under which both countries continue to elevate and deepen their decades-long economic cooperation, together with their engagement on strategic security issues.