Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, along with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, attended the meeting.
“Japan and the EU have a large market, deep relations based on democratic values and are the closest strategic partners in the Indo-Pacific region,” Michel told at a press briefing.
The discussion included the situation in Ukraine and confirmed the strengthening of the mutual cooperation in several fields, such as economic security, energy, environment and digital issues.
The president of the European Commission further noted that the leadership in this area is fundamental to the competitiveness and security.
For his part, Kishida referred to the mechanisms to face alleged geopolitical risks and highlighted his Government’s interest in contributing with the European bloc to the “great ideal of a world without nuclear weapons.”
Incidentally, Michel plans to visit the Peace Memorial Museum in the city of Hiroshima, one of the targets of the US atomic bombs in 1945.
The Summit is the first of its kind on a face-to-face modality since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and, as a rule, such high-level exchanges occur once a year.