Lajčák in Tokyo: “We perceive Japan as a traditionally reliable partner – internationally, as well as bilaterally”

Lajčák in Tokyo: “We perceive Japan as a traditionally reliable partner – internationally, as well as bilaterally”

4.7.2017 | Aktivity ministra |

Under the current situation with the world becoming more and more globalized and the security environment getting more complicated, coordinated international efforts to tackle the issues is increasingly called for, especially within the United Nations. In this context, Japan is an active member of the international community and it’s necessary to intensively develop the cooperation with it further.  This was agreed today (4 July) by Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe during their talks in Tokyo. The official visit paid by the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Minister to Japan is held at the invitation of the Japanese Government in relation to election of Lajčák as President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. 

“The world needs a strong, efficient platform fit for tackling the challenges of the 21st century.  The United Nations represents such a platform; we just need to strengthen reform and revitalize it to move ahead. Nowadays we need the UN more than ever,” said Lajčák in the talks and appreciated Japan´s engagement in terms of peacekeeping in the world.  He also talked with the Japanese Prime Minister about the threat to peace posed by the nuclear and ballistic program of North Korea. “We must pressure Pyongyang to make North Korea stop its ballistic missile tests that only escalate tension in the region, and insist that it respects the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.  It is not feasible that a state with clear international commitments decides to defy them,” said Lajčák.

Extending cooperation and increasing its quality within the UN also featured in the talks with Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida.  Lajčák introduced his priorities as the upcoming President of the UN General Assembly with a special focus on preserving the peace and conflict prevention. He also talked with his Japanese counterpart about the cooperation in preparing the migration compact at the UN, as well as support in drawing up the 2018-19 budget of the organization. The ministers also exchanged views on the UN reform and some international policy issues, including North Korea, especially in light of another ballistic missile test this morning. 

As for bilateral relations, Lajčák appreciated the fruitful high-level political dialog and successful economic cooperation. “Next year we will commemorate the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between our two countries. This quarter-century featured intensive cooperation, which we would like to continue.  Japanese companies are perceived as traditionally serious and reliable partners in Slovakia, and we are ready to support and promote extending Japanese investments in our country,” said the Minister.

For Slovakia, Japan is also interesting as a source of direct foreign investment, as well as for its high research and innovation potential. There are currently more than 50 Japanese companies active in Slovakia, employing approximately 11,000 people.

Japan is also an important regional partner for the European Union. The strategic partnership and free trade agreements are being intensively negotiated, both sides expressing their interest in finalizing the talks as soon as possible.

Tomorrow the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic will be received by a member of the Japanese Imperial Family, Princess Takamado.