On the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, a bilateral meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Zh.Kulubaev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan Hayashi.
Minister Kulubaev informed about the situation along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border line. He briefed on the background of the conflict and regretfully emphasized that this time Tajiki side attacked Kyrgyz territory during SCO Summit. As result over 140 thousand citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic became internally displaced persons. Kyrgyz side suffered heavy human losses. Social infrastructure facilities have been destroyed including those recovered after the conflict in April last year. As result the Kyrgyz Republic has to allocate huge amount of money from its national budget. Minister emphasized that due to the seizure of number of border villages of the Kyrgyz Republic the Kyrgyz side had to retaliate. However, the actions of the Kyrgyz side were purely defensive. He stressed that the Kyrgyz Republic has always stood for the settlement of any dispute with the Republic of Tajikistan only by political and diplomatic methods through peaceful negotiations.
The parties discussed the current state of Kyrgyz-Japanese relations and noted with satisfaction by the successes achieved over three decades in the development of bilateral cooperation in the political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
Minister Zh.Kulubaev especially noted the support of the Government of Japan since the independence of Kyrgyzstan in the implementation of socially significant projects in the Kyrgyz Republic through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The interest was emphasized in the further joint implementation of infrastructure projects, the expansion of the One Village - One Product project at the state level, which contributes to the development of the regions of Kyrgyzstan, as well as cooperation in the field of education and development of the country's human resources within the framework of the JDS project, through which civil servants from Kyrgyzstan are trained in Japanese universities.
The head of the Foreign Ministry of Kyrgyzstan expressed confidence in further close work on the entire range of issues of mutual interest, in particular in building up cooperation between the two countries in the field of economy, trade, investment and industry. They emphasized the importance and significance of interaction in multilateral formats, in particular within the framework of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue.
The parties also exchanged views on the organization of high-level visits, as well as economic, scientific, cultural and humanitarian events in the anniversary year for Kyrgyzstan and Japan.
At the end of the conversation, the parties confirmed their common desire to further deepen bilateral cooperation on topical issues on the bilateral and multilateral agenda of Kyrgyz-Japanese relations.