Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeria, the President of the Republic of Chile, who is on her Official Working Visit to Japan, at the Prime Minister's Official Residence. This was their second meeting since last November when they met in Hanoi on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting.
At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe said, "This year marks the 110th anniversary of the signature of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation between Japan and Chile. I am greatly pleased to be able to meet President Bachelet during this memorable year. It is also highly gratifying that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Chile entered into force today. I am confident that this will serve as a basis for our economic relations to advance significantly."
Prime Minister Abe explained to President Bachelet Japan's "Cool Earth 50" proposal that set a long-term target of cutting global greenhouse gas emissions by half from the current level by 2050. In response, President Bachelet expressed her strong appreciation for the proposal, indicating that the proposal has made an important policy contribution to the building of a framework to address climate change issues. The leaders also discussed the United Nations Security Council reform and North Korea's nuclear and abduction issues, among other topics.
After the meeting, the leaders held a signing ceremony for the joint statements on enhanced cooperation in environment and climate change issues and on the entry into force of the agreement for a strategic economic partnership, before releasing a joint press statement.