Japan-New Zealand Summit Meeting (Summary)

June 19, 2024
[Provisional translation]
On June 19, commencing at 6:35 p.m. for approximately 50 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a Summit meeting with Rt. Hon. Christopher LUXON, Prime Minister of New Zealand, followed by a dinner, commencing at 7:35 p.m. for approximately 60 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
The two leaders also issued Japan-New Zealand Leaders’ Joint Statement.
1. Opening Remarks
Prime Minister Kishida welcomed Prime Minister Luxon on his first visit to Japan after assuming office and stated that Japan and New Zealand are important partners which share fundamental values, and that the "Strategic Cooperative Partnership" between the two countries is increasingly important.
The two leaders concurred to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in a wide range of areas, including security and economics, to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)” amid the increasingly challenging strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region.
2. Bilateral Relations
Regarding security and defense cooperation between the two countries, the two leaders welcomed the agreement in principle in the negotiations of a Japan-New Zealand Information Security Agreement to enhance information sharing between the two countries.
On the economic relations, the two leaders welcomed the progress of broad cooperation between the two countries and affirmed that they would further promote cooperation to maintain and strengthen free trade system and to promote the free and fair economic order based on the rule of law.
The two leaders had a candid discussion on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from a strategic perspective and concurred on the importance of working toward the development of the agreement.
The two leaders also concurred to strengthen cooperation in economic security, including addressing economic coercion and enhancing supply chain resilience.
3. Regional Affairs
The two leaders exchanged their views on the situation in East Asia including China and North Korea and affirmed to continue working closely together in their responses to North Korea including the nuclear and missiles issue and the abductions issue.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in Russia and Ukraine and concurred to continue to work closely together to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.
The two leaders affirmed the importance of cooperation between the two countries in the Pacific Islands region and concurred to work closely with Pacific Island countries and other like-minded countries to promote cooperation based on the needs of Pacific Island countries, while also taking advantage of the opportunity at PALM 10 to be held next month.

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