Japan, Chile agree to cooperate in enhancing critical mineral supply chain

The foreign ministers of Japan and Chile have agreed to cooperate in strengthening supply chains of critical minerals and in the field of clean energy.

Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko met in the United States on Monday with her Chilean counterpart, Alberto van Klaveren. Kamikawa is in San Francisco to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and other meetings.

Chile produces copper and lithium. The two ministers agreed to deepen cooperation to enhance the supply chains of critical minerals, and to promote the use of clean energy, such as hydrogen and ammonia.

They also affirmed that the two countries will cooperate closely to maintain the high level content of the CPTPP trans-Pacific trade agreement. Both countries are members of the pact.

On the Israeli-Hamas conflict, Kamikawa explained that the Group of Seven foreign ministers issued a statement on the matter last week in Tokyo, at a meeting she chaired.

The two ministers also agreed that the humanitarian situation in Gaza must be improved and the conflict should be deescalated.