July 22, 2011
John Baird, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, meets with Takeaki Matsumoto, Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, on July 22, 2011, on the margins of the ASEAN Regional Forum and Post Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia. This was the first meeting between the two ministers. Minister Baird took the opportunity to reiterate Canada's readiness to assist Japan as it rebuilds following the March 11, 2011 disasters.
The two ministers also discussed key regional and bilateral issues, such as regional security in East Asia, bilateral peace and security cooperation, Canadian beef in the Japanese market and progress toward an economic partnership agreement.