Japan Foreign Minister to Visit Moscow from Dec. 17


Tokyo, Dec. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday he will visit Moscow from Dec. 17 to 21 for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

"I hope to have discussions on concrete ways to resolve the territorial issue and conclude a peace treaty," he said at a press conference.

Since assuming the current post in September, Motegi has only briefly met Lavrov twice.

During his first Moscow visit as foreign minister, Motegi aims to hold full-fledged negotiations for settling the long-standing territorial row over the four Russian-held islands off Hokkaido and inking the treaty to officially end World War II hostilities between the two countries.

Motegi-Lavrov talks are likely to take place on Dec. 19, informed sources said, adding that the Japanese minister will co-chair a meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Trade and Economic Issues with Russian Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin on Dec. 18.

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