Japan, Egypt agree to work closely to ensure global food security

Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry have agreed that their countries will keep in close communication to help ensure global food security.

The two ministers agreed on this during their meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.

Hayashi said Russia's suspension of a deal on Ukrainian farm exports has caused soaring wheat prices, making a serious impact on the international community.

Egypt, the world's top wheat importer, has been severely affected as prices of wheat have surged.

Hayashi and Shoukry also reaffirmed they will try to expand bilateral economic exchanges, as Egyptair will resume direct flights between Cairo and Narita, outside Tokyo, this month. The flights have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hayashi explained Japan's position on the discharge of treated and diluted water into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

He mentioned a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency that concluded that the discharge plan is consistent with international safety standards.

Shoukry expressed understanding for and trust in Japan's position.