Tokyo, Jan. 20 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Foreign Minister Kishida Fumio expressed the government’s eagerness on Friday to build close relations with the new US administration led by Donald Trump.
“With protectionism and inward-looking leanings intensifying globally, international order based on the rule of law faces challenges,” Kishida said in a foreign policy speech to a plenary meeting of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, on the opening day of a 150-day ordinary session.
For peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan hopes to establish a close relationship with the Trump administration and strengthen the Japan-US alliance further, Kishida said.
Regarding Japan-Russia relations, Kishida pointed to a bilateral agreement reached during a summit meeting in December on joint economic activities on four Russian-held northwestern Pacific islands, which are called the Northern Territories in Japan.
“We will continue patient negotiations based on a ‘new approach’ to solve the issue of sovereignty (over the islands) and conclude a peace treaty,” he said.
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