Japan-Saudi Arabia Prime Ministers' Informal Talks (Summary)

September 9, 2023
[Provisional translation]

On September 9, commencing at 6:08 p.m. local time (9:38 p.m. Japan Standard Time) for approximately 15 minutes, H.E. Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting India to attend the G20 New Delhi Summit, held informal talks with H.R.H. Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Kishida reiterated his gratitude for the warm hospitality he received during his visit to Saudi Arabia in July and expressed his hopes to accelerate the materialization of cooperation which the two leaders recently concurred on advancing, including under the "Lighthouse Initiative," and stated that he promptly dispatched Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, to Saudi Arabia towards this end. Prime Minister Kishida also expressed his hopes for Saudi Arabia to continue to play a leading role in the stabilization of the international crude oil market.
  2. In response, H.R.H. Prince Mohammed stated that he is pleased that the two leaders had a fruitful exchange of views during Prime Minister Kishida’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia and that he would like to strengthen cooperation in various areas between the two countries based on the results of the recent visit. In addition, H.R.H. Prince Mohammed stated that Saudi Arabia seeks to respond to the global oil demand, including through the enhancement of its oil production capacity.

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