The foreign ministers of Japan and Argentina have agreed to work closely together for stable supplies of food and energy.
Japan's Hayashi Yoshimasa met his Argentine counterpart Santiago Cafiero on Tuesday. Hayashi is on a four-nation Latin American tour.
At the start of the meeting, Hayashi expressed congratulations for the Argentine national soccer team's victory at the recent FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
He told Cafiero that Argentina's importance in food and energy security is growing, and that Japan hopes to reinforce economic relations with the country.
Hayashi conveyed requests regarding the investment environment in Argentina, so that Japanese businesses can operate smoothly there.
Cafiero expressed hope for enhancing bilateral economic cooperation through increased investment by Japanese firms.
The ministers agreed that Japan and Argentina will strengthen cooperation in areas such as disarmament and nonproliferation, as well as food and energy security.
They also shared the view that the two countries will work together to realize a free and open international order based on the rule of law.