Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides departs Sunday for an official visit to Japan, at the invitation of the Japanese government, opening a new chapter in bilateral relations between the two countries, the MFA said in a statement.
As part of a busy schedule, Christodoulides will meet with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Kono, and will attend a working dinner that the latter will host in his honour, during which discussions are expected to focus, inter alia, on ways to further strengthen bilateral relations between Cyprus and Japan, in light of the recent signing of the EU-Japan Free Trade Agreement and in view of the opening of a Cyprus Embassy in the Japanese capital.
During his stay in Tokyo, Christodoulides will also hold separate meetings with State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kazuyuki Nakane, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan, Kentaro Sonoura. He will also meet with the Japan – Cyprus Parliamentary Friendship Group, the Japanese Business Federation and the country’s External Trade Organization.
The Cypriot FM will also pay a visit to Waseda University of Tokyo, where he is due to deliver a keynote speech at an event on the topic of “A New Age in Cyprus – Japan Relations: the European perspective from the Mediterranean”.
From Tokyo, Christodoulides will go to Osaka where he will have a series of contacts with the Governor of the Prefecture and representatives of the region`s business community, and will end his trip by visiting the country`s cultural capital, Kyoto.