Japanese foreign minister plans to visit Germany and France next week

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Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi plans to visit Germany and France from the end of this month to the beginning of October to strengthen cooperation in promoting stability in the Indo-Pacific region amid an increasing climate. more assertive from China, government sources said on Wednesday.On his first trip abroad since Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga took office on September 16, Motegi is expected to meet with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said the sources.

Motegi hopes to underscore Tokyo’s willingness to work with the two countries towards a free and open Indo-Pacific region, a concept aimed at safeguarding maritime commons in the region based on the rule of law, democracy and freedom of navigation, they declared.

With his European counterparts, Motegi seeks to share Japan’s concerns over China’s territorial claims in China’s South and East Seas with military and paramilitary activities, they said.

Motegi could also discuss with respective ministers ways to ease restrictions on travel between their countries imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, they said.

In a further easing of its border controls, Japan plans to allow entry of foreign nationals planning long-term stays of three months or more from October 1 at the earliest, sources with knowledge of the plans said on Wednesday. .

Motegi’s last overseas trip was his four-country tour of Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar in August.

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