Japanese FM Hayashi, Asean Secy-Gen confirm cooperation ahead of Tokyo summit

Hayashi and Kao also agreed to cooperate in an Asean-proposed regional cooperation initiative, dubbed the Asean Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Japan News


Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is seen at the Prime Minister’s Office on May 31. The Yomiuri Shimbun

June 7, 2023

TOKYO – Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Kao Kim Hourn, secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations, have confirmed their close cooperation in preparation for a commemorative summit in Tokyo in December to mark the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan ties.

Hayashi and Kao met at the Foreign Ministry building in Tokyo on Monday.

Regarding an ASEAN-related foreign ministers’ meeting in Indonesia scheduled for July, Hayashi said, “[We’d like to] issue a strong message on imminent international issues.”

Hayashi and Kao also agreed to cooperate in an ASEAN-proposed regional cooperation initiative dubbed the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

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