Japan, Mexico foreign ministers reaffirm ties

Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Mexico's Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard have agreed to strengthen their countries' strategic partnership to help maintain international order.

Motegi arrived in Mexico on Monday on the first leg of his five-country Latin American tour. He met Ebrard for about an hour.

Motegi said Mexico's status as a regional power and close ties with Japan and the United States make the country Japan's strategic partner with shared universal values.

He called for a closer bilateral partnership to maintain and strengthen a rule-based, free and open global order, as the US inaugurates a new president.

The two foreign ministers also agreed to cooperate on issues such as North Korea, climate change and free trade.

Motegi earlier met with Mexico's Economy Secretary Tatiana Clouthier. He sought assistance for Japanese companies struggling to continue business and maintain jobs in Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Clouthier pledged efforts to improve the business environment for Japanese companies.