The Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Kiichi Aichi, met with the French Foreign Minister M. Maurice?
The Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister, Kiichi Aichi, met with the French Foreign Minister M. Maurice Schumann at the Elysee Palace on Friday (October 2) to discuss Franco-Japanese affairs.
Mr Aichi was due to arrive in the French capital on Wednesday but because he was representing Japan at the funeral of President Nasser, he did not arrive until Friday morning. This meant that the ministerial meeting were shortened and other planned events did not take place.
President Georges Pompidou received Mr Aichi after his meeting with M. Schumann. Friday's meetings were a culmination of important Franco-Japanese diplomatic activity which has been taking place over the past few weeks. A Japanese training fleet visited Brest in September and on the eighteenth of September the new Japanese Ambassador to France arrived in Paris. A group of fifteen French MPs are at present visiting Japan.
Mr Aichi will leave Paris on Sunday ( October 4 ) and return to Japan.