Japan and New Zealand Foreign Ministers Confirm TPP Importance

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully confirmed in a meeting Sunday the importance of successfully concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, which Japan will soon join, in order to promote economic growth of the Asia-Pacific region.

In a joint press conference following their meeting in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, McCully said the growth of trade and economic ties between the two countries is the basis of growth in “all aspects of the relationship.”

“I believe that the Japanese decision to join in the TPP negotiations signals a new era in which we will get closer and in which relations will grow right across the board,” McCully said, while stressing no details of the TPP were discussed during their talks.

Kishida, speaking through an interpreter, conveyed Japan’s commitment to reaching a comprehensive and high-level agreement on the TPP.

via Mainichi

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