Japan-Turkey Summit Meeting
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan shaking hands with H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey
7 January 2014
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted a welcome ceremony for H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey and Mrs. Erdoğan, at the State Guest House.
He held talks with H.E. Prime Minister Erdoğan and later attended a signing ceremony and held a joint press announcement.
During the banquet hosted by Prime Minister and Mrs. Abe, the Prime Minister said in his address,
"I was welcomed by everyone on my two visits to Turkey last year. I wish to again express my gratitude for that.
The Ertuğrul Frigate and the rescue of Japanese in Tehran International Airport are shared parts of our history. Turkey returned the assistance it had received at sea 95 years later in the air.
And then there is also the selfless assistance our countries offered to each other during the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Earthquake in the Republic of Turkey's Eastern Region. I expect that these bonds forged between our peoples will continue to grow even stronger and that connections will be made at an even deeper level.
Tonight we have prepared a cuisine befitting our two countries, which so brilliantly fuse the cultures of the East and West.
Finally, we have also prepared some Japanese fruit that is currently in season. I very much hope that you will enjoy it."
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