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Japan-New Zealand Summit (summary) (Diplomatic relations)

(Preliminary translation)

On June 19, beginning at 6:35 PM, 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 starting at 7:35 PM and lasting approximately 60 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
The two leaders also released a joint statement by the leaders of Japan and New Zealand.

1. Opening Remarks
Prime Minister Kishida welcomed Prime Minister Luxon on his first visit to Japan after taking office, stating that Japan and New Zealand are important partners who share fundamental values, and the “Strategic Cooperative Partnership” between the two countries is becoming increasingly important.

The two leaders agreed 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
On security and defense cooperation between the two countries, the two leaders welcomed the agreement in principle in the negotiations on an information security agreement between Japan and New Zealand to enhance information exchange between the two countries.

On economic relations, the two leaders welcomed the progress of comprehensive cooperation between the two countries and reaffirmed that they would further promote cooperation to preserve and strengthen the free trade system and promote the free and fair economic order based to promote the rule of law.

The two leaders had a frank discussion on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from a strategic perspective and agreed on the importance of working to develop the agreement.

The two leaders also agreed to strengthen cooperation on economic security, including addressing economic coercion and increasing supply chain resilience.

3. Regional matters
The two leaders exchanged views on the situation in East Asia, including China and North Korea, and pledged to continue to work closely together in their responses to North Korea, including the issue of nuclear weapons, missiles and the kidnapping issue.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the situation in Russia and Ukraine and agreed to continue working closely together to achieve a just and lasting peace in Ukraine.

The two leaders reaffirmed the importance of cooperation between the two countries in the Pacific Islands region and agreed to work closely with the Pacific Islands and other like-minded countries to promote cooperation based on needs of the Pacific Islands, while they would also take advantage of the opportunity during PALM 10 to be held next month.

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