Japan’s FM Motegi meets with Saudi ministers in Riyadh

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi met with Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh on Saturday.

The two ministers discussed bilateral relations between the countries and prospects for joint cooperation, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Motegi said Japan’s willingness to support Saudi Arabia’s reforms in public and private sectors is “unwavering.” He added that the industrial diversification is increasing and falls under the framework of “Japan-Saudi Vision 2030.” 

They also reviewed the agenda for the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held under Saudi Arabia’s presidency.

The two Foreign Ministers exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, including Iran and peace in the region. They agreed that Japan and Saudi Arabia would continue to work together for peace and stability.

By discussing the situation in East Asia; such as the East China Sea, South China Sea, and North Korea; the Saudi minister expressed his full support to Motegi for the early resolution of Japan’s abduction issue. 

The Saudi FM hosted a luncheon; in order to receive Motegi and his delegation.

He also met with the Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman afterwards. 

Motegi thanked the Energy minister for the stable supply of crude oil to Japan. He also said he highly appreciated the support of the circular carbon economy and Saudi Arabia’s willingness to strengthen the energy system.

Motegi arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday, as part of a trip that included visits to Portugal and France.

The foreign minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia will also aim to prepare for the G20 Summit in November.

Motegi will also make an unscheduled visit to Kuwait on Oct. 4, to pay his respects after the passing of the late Emir Sheikh Sabah.