Tokyo, 31 August 2023(TDI): In a significant step towards enhancing diplomatic ties, Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, warmly welcomed H.E. Santiago Andrés Cafiero, Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic, on his first official visit to Japan.

The meeting took place on August 30 and was marked by discussions on a range of bilateral and international matters.

At the Foreign Ministers’ meeting, the two dignitaries engaged in constructive dialogue for approximately 35 minutes, followed by a working lunch lasting approximately 55 minutes.

A notable highlight of the lunch was the celebration of Minister Cafiero’s birthday, with Minister Hayashi surprising his counterpart with a specially prepared birthday cake.

Minister Hayashi began by extending his heartfelt welcome to Minister Cafiero, acknowledging the historic significance of the year as it marks the 125th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Argentina.

He expressed his satisfaction at the realization of reciprocal visits between the two nations.

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The meeting saw the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on Diplomatic Training, underlining the commitment of both nations to deepen cooperation in various fields.

They committed to promoting trade, investment, and science and technology cooperation in Antarctica and other domains.

The two ministers also exchanged views on the ongoing discharge of ALPS-treated water into the ocean, with Minister Hayashi providing insights into Japan’s stance based on the assessment provided in the IAEA’s Comprehensive Report.

Minister Cafiero expressed Argentina’s trust in the IAEA’s assessment and extended support for Japan’s efforts in alignment with the agency’s recommendations.

The dialogue extended to regional and global matters, including concerns over Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

Both ministers emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts and reiterated their intention to work closely during the upcoming G20 Summit in New Delhi.

Additionally, they agreed to maintain their cooperation during the UN General Assembly High-Level Week scheduled for the next month.