Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy commemorated 400 years of official bilateral relations with Japan during his three-day visit by concluding a number of agreements with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a view to boost bilateral economic cooperation and specifically promote information-sharing by the two nations’ nuclear regulators.
On the last day of his official visit, Rajoy transmitted a message of calm over the ongoing Fukushima nuclear disaster. In fact, the Spanish leader made a one-hour visit to Fukushima, and it was a gesture that Abe thanked him for publicly at the ensuing press conference. The Spanish prime minister said that all Spaniards have felt great solidarity with the Japanese people, admiring the Japanese for their “capacity to react” and recognizing their “strength in overcoming such an unexpected calamity and one of such enormous proportions.” Even with the high-profile reports of leaks at the nuclear center, Rajoy still traveled to the city of Fukushima.
Within his 3-day trip, the Rajoy also took advantage of the opportunity to seal a strategic alliance with Tokyo. The two leaders witnessed the signing of several accords on customs cooperation, nuclear authority and foreign trade. They also forged an agreement on peace, development and innovation, all of which provide the basis for a renewed and strengthened bilateral relationship between Spain and Japan. “Four agreements have been concluded,” Rajoy said to reporters. “I believe we’ll make major progress in cooperation in all areas,” Rajoy concluded.
[via Latin American Herald Tribune]
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