The Japanese Foreign Minister intends to discuss with Lavrov the issue of a peace treaty

Toshimitsu Motegi also expects to discuss cooperation in the international arena with the Russian Foreign Minister.

Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi expects to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss in detail the issue of a peace treaty and cooperation in the international arena.

I want to discuss the issue of a peace treaty in detail”, – he said on Thursday before the start of negotiations with his Russian counterpart. – I would also like to talk about a wide range of bilateral issues, including our cooperation in the international arena, in order to unlock even more potential for Japan-Russia relations.

Japan is ready to discuss prospects for expanding cooperation with Russia in the field of counter-terrorism, Motegi said. “With regard to counter-terrorism, we would like to further discuss what we can do in this area by cooperating with each other”, –  he said.

Motegi also thanked Lavrov for his warm words and condolences on the death of a Japanese doctor and head of the Peshawar Society NGO Tetsu Nakamura in Afghanistan.

Nakamura, 73, died Dec. 4 from injuries sustained in an attack near the town of Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, in eastern Afghanistan. His car was ambushed by unknown assailants. During the attack, five local residents, an employee of his organization, a driver and three guards, were killed along with Nakamura.

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