Japan, Arab nations agree to tackle global issues

Japan and the League of Arab States say they have agreed to work together to tackle climate change and other global issues to ensure sustainable economic growth.

The ministers wrapped up their two-day meeting of the Japan-Arab Economic Forum in Tokyo on Thursday. Japanese Economy Minister Saito Ken said that "Japan expects to advance discussions with the Arab states on measures to grow our economies. We aim to leverage our strengths to overcome the challenges we all face."

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said he hopes the cooperation with Japan in new fields such as climate change, artificial intelligence and education will lead to investment opportunities.

He added that the league wants to learn from Japanese expertise. In a joint statement, the two sides said that they have agreed to cooperate further on climate change and other global issues including energy security, as well as emerging technologies such as AI.