Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Toshimitsu Motegi visited UK and met with Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary of UK on August 5. Raab stated that the United Kingdom and Japan will stand on a number of international issues, including supporting Hong Kong’s freedom and fighting the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) epidemic.
Press Conference by Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu and Dominic Raab
Raab issued a statement stating that Japan is an important and main security partner of the United Kingdom in Asia. “Whether it is dealing with the new coronairus, cyber security, climate change, or supporting Hong Kong’s freedom, the United Kingdom and Japan are side by side.”
Japan is a close friend and a linchpin security partner in Asia. This evening I welcomed Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs @moteging to London where we discussed shared threats, challenges and opportunities. Our partnership continues to go from strength to strength 🇬🇧🇯🇵— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) August 5, 2020
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan stated that Motegi Toshimitsu and Raab exchanged views on the entry into force of Hong Kong’s “National Security Law” and will continue to cooperate to respect the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong citizens, nationals of various countries and enterprises.
On August 5, commencing at 6:00 p.m. (local time) for approximately 120 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Japan-UK Foreign Ministers' Meeting (a tete-a-tete meeting followed by a working dinner) with the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State of the United Kingdom, at Lancaster House in London.
Motegi Toshimitsu is the first Japanese cabinet member to visit abroad since the epidemic. He will stay until August 8, during which time he will meet with Liz Truss, the Secretary of State for International Trade of the United Kingdom, to discuss the new free trade agreement between the two countries. London hopes to sign an agreement in September. If it happens, it will be the first free trade agreement after Brexit.