The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, met with Japan’s Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno in Brussels on April 25.

Mogherini and Kōno discussed a broad range of issues on which the EU and Japan cooperate on the world stage, as well as the strengthening of already excellent bilateral relations.

According to a European Commission press release, the meeting was also an opportunity to celebrate the conclusion of the negotiations between the European Union and Japan of a Strategic Partnership Agreement. It covers issues that are bilateral, regional and global and will also allow the EU and Japan to find common solutions to challenges like climate change and threats to security.

High Representative Mogherini and Minister Kōno agreed that the Strategic Partnership Agreement will reinforce the longstanding partnership between the European Union and Japan.

Meeting in the margins of the Second Brussels conference on Supporting the future of Syria and the region, the two also discussed the situation in the Korean peninsula, in particular in light of recent developments and ahead of the forthcoming inter-Korean Summit and foreseen meeting between the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States of America. Concrete steps leading to the DPRK’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation and full respect for its international obligations remains crucial.

They also discussed the Iran nuclear deal and the importance of its continued full implementation.