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Published on January 10, 2014
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, January 9, 2014

The French President had a meeting at the Elysée this afternoon with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian took part in the meeting.

The President emphasized his commitment to the exceptional partnership linking France and Japan and welcomed the first ministerial dialogue on foreign affairs and defence, held in Paris today. He reaffirmed France’s desire to strengthen its political dialogue with Japan on international issues and establish long-term defence and security cooperation between the two countries.

The ministers set out to the Head of State the conclusions of their discussions in the 2+2 format. A broad similarity of views was highlighted on the major international and global issues, particularly relating to the fight against terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, to sustainable development, environmental policies and support for economic growth policies.

The President thanked Japan for supporting the Sahel’s stability and development and France’s intervention in the Central African Republic.

The Head of State also reiterated France’s commitment to the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region./.

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