Japan's New Foreign Minister Hopes To Hold Talks With Lavrov Soon
Faizan Hashmi 4 days ago Wed 11th September 2019 | 06:38 PM
Japan's new Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday that he was looking forward to holding talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in the near future
"I want to hold talks with Minister Lavrov as soon as possible," Motegi said, answering a reporter's question on Russian-Japanese relations.
According to him, the foreign ministers will have to find a mutually acceptable solution to bilateral issues based on trust between the leaders of the two countries through an open exchange of views.
Russia and Japan have not signed a permanent peace treaty after the end of World War II mainly due to the dispute over a series of the Kuril Islands referred to as the Southern Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan which remains one of the main stumbling blocks in the peace talks.