Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz held talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi today, the second day of the Crown Prince’s official visit to Japan.
The talks focused on bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international issues, including the Palestinian issue and the situation in Iraq.
Saudi Arabia and Japan sign MoU
Afterwards, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political cooperation was signed between Saudi Arabia and Japan. It was signed by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Madani and Foreign Minister Taro Aso with Crown Prince Sultan and Prime Minister Koizumi in attendance.
Prior to their meeting, Prime Minister Koizumi presented Crown Prince Sultan with gifts, includingphotos of the Crown Prince’s first visit to Japan in 1960 as Minister of Communications.
Crown Prince Sultan also met today with Emperor Akihito, who praised the prince’s support for Saudi-Japanese relations.
The emperor also remarked that Crown Prince Sultan's visit current visit will further strengthen ties between the two countries.
Crown Prince Sultan and Prime Minister Koizumi
“We are proud of friendship and cooperation with Japan, which plays an important role in the region and the world,” Crown Prince Sultan said at a luncheon hosted in his honor by the Emperor. “We are keen on deepening cooperation with Japan and on reaching a joint perspective on the issues of the Middle East and international issues of mutual interest.”
In addition, Crown Prince Sultan met with the Japanese Minister of Trade Toshihiro Nikai for discussions on cooperation in education and technology.
In the evening, the Prime Minister hosted a banquet in honor of Crown Prince Sultan. During the banquet, it was announced that Saudi Arabia has donated $500,000 to the Saudi Japanese Friendship Association.