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Komorowski in strategic talks with Japanese PM

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Nick Hodge 27.02.2015 15:42
President Bronisław Komorowski held strategic talks with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on Friday, completing his official engagements in Tokyo.
President Bronisław Komorowski (L) and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Photo: PAP/Jacek TurczykPresident Bronisław Komorowski (L) and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk

''We attach great importance to Polish-Japanese cooperation in the political sphere," Komorowski said at a joint press conference following the meeting.

The Polish head of state said the talks largely focused on cooperation in the realms of security and defence policy "in the face of threats to the world caused by terrorist activities as well as by disregard for the sovereignty and independence of our neighbours.''

The latter point appeared to be a reference to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

Komorowski added that the meeting likewise opened up ''a shared vision of the need to reform the United Nations, especially the Security Council."

The Polish president also noted Japan's consistent investment in Poland following the 1989 collapse of communism.

''Japanese business is the biggest business from Asia that decided to invest significant resources in Poland after the change of the political system," he stressed.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe stated that "there is absolutely no consent for the emerging [phenomenon of] armed fundamentalism, or attempts to change the status quo by force."

"We will actively contribute to peace and stability, both locally and globally," he added.

Komorowski's trip marks the first visit by a Polish head of state to Japan in seven years, following on from President Lech Kaczyński's stay in 2008.

On Thursday, the president and First Lady Anna Komorowska had an audience with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The two-day trip ends today. (nh)

Source: PAP

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