Japan-France Summit Meeting (Summary)

May 19, 2023

[Provisional translation]

On May 19, commencing from 9:25 a.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic. The overview is as follows.

  1. Opening remarks

    At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida welcomed President Macron's visit to Hiroshima, and the two leaders shared the view to further deepen cooperation between the two countries in a wide range of areas, including security and economic fields.

  2. G7 Hiroshima Summit

    Prime Minister Kishida stated that, at the G7 Hiroshima Summit, he would like to demonstrate G7’s determination to uphold and reinforce the free and open international order based on the rule of law and explained Japan’s views on the Summit as the Presidency. The two leaders affirmed to continue to work together closely towards the success of the G7 Hiroshima Summit.

  3. Bilateral relations

    In light of Japan-France Foreign and Defense Ministers’ Meeting ("2+2") held this month, the two leaders shared the view to advance concrete cooperation in areas such as cyber and space, as well as the implementation of joint training. As for economic field, the two leaders shared the view to strengthen cooperation in the start-up sectors, including sending 100 Japanese entrepreneurs to France over a five-year period, and on civil nuclear energy.

  4. Regional issues and international cooperation

    The two leaders exchanged views on the situation in East Asia and affirmed to continue to coordinate closely in addressing issues related to China, and in dealing with North Korea, including on the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abductions issue.
    With regard to addressing Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, the two leaders affirmed to continue severe sanctions against Russia and strong support for Ukraine. The two leaders also concurred that they would send robustly to the world the determination of the G7 to uphold the free and open international order based on the rule of law, and demonstrate the unwavering solidarity with Ukraine at the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
    The two leaders exchanged views as well on the issues in Africa, and Prime Minister Kishida renewed his gratitude for the support and cooperation of France in the recent evacuation of Japanese nationals and others from Sudan.

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