Kishida Vows to Build Close Ties with New US Government (News)

Politics

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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