Japanese, RoK foreign ministers plan to meet next week

Friday, 2019-09-20 10:36:25
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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his RoK counterpart Kang Kyung-wha.
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The Japanese and the Republic of Korean governments are arranging a meeting between their foreign ministers, which will be held on September 26 on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, Japanese government officials said on September 19.

It will be the first time for Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who took his current post from Taro Kono earlier this month, to meet face-to-face with his RoK counterpart Kang Kyung-wha.

According to Japanese media, the meeting will be an indication that both sides recognize the need to maintain dialogue at the ministerial level despite the recent sharp worsening of ties over wartime history and trade policy that has clouded the prospect for a summit in the near future.

Meanwhile, it will be the two countries' first foreign ministerial talks since August. Japanese officials said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not hold talks with RoK President Moon Jae-in, although both leaders are expected to be in New York for the UN gathering next week.