Japan Foreign Minister kicks off visit

February 08, 2019
Taro Kono

JAPAPNESE Foreign Minister Taro Kono starts a three-day official visit in the Philippines beginning today, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday.

The visit was made upon the invitation of Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. The Japanese official will be in the country until February 11.

Kono will meet with Locsin tomorrow in Davao to hold bilateral discussions on areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, and people-to-people engagement, especially Japan’s support for infrastructure development and for Mindanao in the wake of the ratification of the Bangsamoro Organic Law.

While in Davao, Kono is scheduled to call on President Duterte and meet with other Cabinet officials.

He will also grace the inauguration ceremony of the Japanese Consulate General in Davao.

The visit of the Foreign Minister is a testament to the strengthened strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan, and an affirmation of our longstanding bilateral friendship.