Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte (Source: AFP)
Tokyo (VNA) – Japan and the Netherlands have showed concern about any unilateral actions that can change the status quo in the East China Sea and East Sea, reported the Kyodo News.

In a joint statement issued after their meeting in Tokyo on November 10, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte shared concerns caused by any unilateral actions, including the use of force or threat to use force and coercion that change the status quo and raise tensions in the seas.

They emphasised the importance of addressing disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law.

Given that the Netherlands will assume the rotating presidency of the European Union in the first half of next year, the two PMs agreed to foster cooperation so that Japan and the EU can reach a consensus on a free trade agreement as soon as possible, according to the statement.

They also called for reform of the United Nations Security Council, recognising that Japan would be a legitimate candidate for permanent membership in an expanded and reformed council.

Regarding UN climate talks to be held later this year in Paris, the leaders pledged to actively contribute to achieving an agreement on a new carbon-capping framework applicable to all parties, including emerging economies like China and India.

They also called on all sides in Ukraine to fully implement a cease-fire agreement struck in Minsk, Belarus last February, and expressed concern over security situation in Syria.-VNA