Japan-Türkiye Summit Meeting (Summary)

September 8, 2023

[Provisional translation]

On September 8 local time, commencing at 8:00 p.m. (September 8, 11:00 p.m. Japan Time) for approximately 46 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, during his visit to New Delhi, India, to attend the G20 New Delhi Summit, held a Japan-Türkiye Summit Meeting with H.E. Mr. Recep Tayyip ERDOĞAN, President of the Republic of Türkiye. The summary of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida conveyed his congratulations on the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Türkiye.
  2. The two leaders concurred to continue discussions toward an early conclusion of the negotiations on the Japan-Türkiye Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). They also confirmed that the two countries will work together regarding important bilateral issues, such as the opening of Turkish-Japanese Science and Technology University.
  3. The two leaders also exchanged views on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and other international affairs, as well as regional affairs that are of concern to both countries. Prime Minister Kishida, referring to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, stated that any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force is unacceptable anywhere in the world, and that it is important for the international community to be united in calling for the necessity of maintaining and strengthening the free and open international order based on the rule of law. Prime Minister Kishida explained Japan’s position on the recent release of ALPS-treated water, referring to the IAEA’s assessment in its Comprehensive Report. In response, President Erdoğan said that he pays close attention to the monitoring by the IAEA as well as its report, and is aware of Japan’s sincere efforts.
  4. The two leaders concurred to further develop the bilateral relations under their leadership toward next year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

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