Kishida, Lula agree to cooperate on climate, food, and other issues

The leaders of Japan and Brazil have confirmed the importance of building a wider international partnership to tackle global challenges such as climate change, food crises and building peace.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met for around one hour on Saturday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima.

They exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine as well as issues concerning China and North Korea. They reaffirmed the significance of upholding such basic values as freedom and democracy and pledged to cooperate to maintain and strengthen the international order based on the rule of law.

They concurred that cooperation involving a wide range of partners is important to address a variety of challenges faced by the international community. They confirmed they will coordinate closely toward the Group of 20 summit, which Brazil will chair next year.

They also agreed that Japan and Brazil will lead efforts to reform the United Nations Security Council. The two countries are currently non-permanent members of the council.

On the economic front, they pledged to bolster trade and investment between their countries.