Japan, Spain to Upgrade Bilateral Ties to Strategic Partnership


Madrid, Oct. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez, agreed Tuesday to upgrade the bilateral ties to a strategic partnership covering many fields ranging from national security to culture.

The partnership "will address common challenges and opportunities in the fields of political and diplomatic cooperation, security, economy and innovation and people-to-people exchanges through culture, education, sports and tourism," a joint statement issued by the two leaders said.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain.

"I hope that investment, economic and personnel exchanges between the two countries will be promoted further," Abe said in his first meeting with Sanchez.

Abe and Sanchez signed a new bilateral tax convention with a clear scope of taxation and new provisions to eliminate double taxation.

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