First Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Kyou-hyun, who is on a visit to Japan to attend the opening ceremony of the new ROK embassy compound in the country, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on July 18.
Vice Minister Kim brought renewed attention to the remarks of President Park Geun-hye that close relations between the ROK and Japan can be the first step toward a Northeast Asian community. He went on to reaffirm the significance the ROK government attaches to its relations with Japan.
Furthermore, he noted with appreciation that the Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, during their first meeting in Brunei on July 1, had a fruitful exchange of views on ways to advance bilateral relations in a stable manner. He voiced his hope that the Japanese government see the bigger picture from a far-reaching perspective, work to resolve such issues as historical ones that strain the bilateral relations and move the relations forward in a constructive direction.
Welcoming Vice Minister Kim to Japan, Minister Kishida noted that the Japanese government greatly values its relations with the ROK with which it shares various values and institutions. He expressed his hope that the two countries maintain close communication through various channels, including that between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.
Vice Minister Kim stressed that the foreign policy vision of President Park Geun-hye calls for achieving peace, stability and shared prosperity in Northeast Asia through a trust-building process in the region. He elaborated that the ROK government is pursuing the “Northeast Asia peace and cooperation initiative” to this end. Minister Kishida expressed his consent on the need for such a policy as well as hope that the ROK and Japan work more closely together toward peace and shared prosperity in Northeast Asia.