GUAM national coordinators have visited Japan

On 16-17 July 2015, in the frames of the Organization for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM)-Japan co-operation programme, the GUAM national coordinators paid a visit to Tokyo, which was carried out at the invitation of the Japanese side. The Georgian delegation was headed by Deputy Foreign Minister, GUAM national coordinator Davit Jalagania.
On 16 July 2015, the Japanese Foreign Ministry hosted the sixth meeting between Japan and GUAM, on the sidelines of which the national coordinators met Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kentaro Sonoura.
The delegations discussed basic issues of co-operation and exchanged views on further development of the co-operation. Talking points included various issues of mutual interest, including energy, tourism and water management spheres. It was noted that one of main priorities of the GUAM-Japan co-operation represents sustainable development of the political dialogue between the two sides.
The GUAM national coordinators and the Japanese side agreed of the draft GUAM-Japan co-operation programme and planned to adopt the document at the next high-level meeting between the GUAM and Japan. In conclusion, the delegations made a joint statement for the press.
On 17 July, the Japanese analytical organisation “The Global Forum of Japan” hosted the second conference “The Second Dialogue of GUAM-Japan”, which, besides the GUAM national coordinators and Japan’s Government, was also attended by representatives of  non-governmental sector and academic circles. Japan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Minoru Kiuchi opened the conference and addressed the audience. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Foreign Minister  Fumio Kishida addressed the audience in writing. Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister, GUAM national coordinator Davit Jalagania delivered a speech “Promoting shared values for peace and prosperity”.
Davit Jalagania also met Kentaro Sonoura to discuss current issues of bilateral relations between Georgia and Japan.