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Japan, Canada to hold vice foreign, defense ministerial talks

Japan and Canada will hold vice ministerial talks on foreign and defense policies on March 3 in Ottawa, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. The so-called "two-plus-two" meeting will involve Deputy Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and Vice Defense Minister Masanori Nishi from Japan and Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Jean and Deputy Minister of National Defense Richard Fadden from Canada, according to the ministry.

Hungarian foreign minister to visit Philippines

Hungarian foreign minister to visit Philippines MANILA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Department of Foreign Affairs ( DFA) said Hungarian Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi will arrive in the Philippines on Thursday for an official visit. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said Martonyi's visit is "historic" as it will be the first by a Hungarian foreign minister in the country. He will stay in the Philippines until Dec. 7.

Seoul's deputy foreign minister to travel to Iran for release of S. Korean national: source

SEOUL, Nov. 17 (Yonhap) -- A high-ranking diplomat from Seoul will soon travel to Iran to gain the release of a South Korean national in prison on espionage charges, a government source here said Sunday. "Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo will visit Iran at the end of this month," the source said on the condition of anonymity. "He's expected to put in efforts to free the South Korean there, which is one of the outstanding bilateral issues between the countries."

Senior foreign affairs officials from S. Korea, China, Japan to meet this week

SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- Senior diplomats from South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting later this week in Seoul to discuss closer three-nation cooperation, Seoul's foreign ministry said Tuesday. Slated for Thursday, the meeting will bring together Seoul's Deputy Minister for Political Affairs Lee Kyung-soo, China's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin and Asia Bureau Director General Shinsuke Sugiyama from Japan's foreign ministry, according to the statement by the Seoul ministry.

Ex-foreign ministers to attend Northeast Asia cooperation meeting in Seoul

SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Yonhap) -- Former foreign ministers from the United States, Japan, Russia and China will attend a Northeast Asia cooperation conference in Seoul to discuss outstanding challenges facing the region, organizers said Wednesday. The event, arranged by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), will take place on Nov. 14 with participants to deliberate on such key issues as the strife over historic perspectives and past affairs that shaped the region, particularly in the early part of the 20th century.

Greek foreign ministry says emails hacked

Greece's foreign ministry on Monday said its internal email system had been penetrated by hackers and that an investigation was under way to determine the extent of the damage. "A web posting on Monday announced a successful break-in by the 'Anonymous' group of activists into the ministry's email directory," the ministry said in a statement. "An investigation is under way to determine the conditions and extent of the break-in, which mainly concerned material normally exchanged by email, including many press releases," it said.

Japan, Australia foreign ministers to meet next Tues. in Japan

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and new Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will hold talks on Tuesday as part of her three-day visit to Japan, the Japanese foreign minister said Friday. The ministers' discussion is expected to cover national security, with a focus on China's increasingly assertive marine activities. "I want to take this opportunity to strengthen our countries' already close ties in the areas of security, economy and interpersonal exchange," Kishida said.

Turkey summons US diplomat over spying claims

Turkey on Wednesday summoned the US embassy's number two diplomat over allegations that Washington spied on a number of embassies and missions including Turkey's, the foreign ministry said. Turkey demanded an "explanation" from US charge d'affaires Jess Baily, who was invited to the foreign ministry in the American ambassador's absence, the ministry said in a statement. The move comes after Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Brunei on the sidelines of an international gathering, it said.

Dewar blasts Baird over diplomat strike, treaty relations with UN

OTTAWA - The NDP accused Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on Thursday of botching relations with his own diplomats and isolating Canada on the international stage. Foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar levelled the widespread criticism at Baird during a news conference in Ottawa. Dewar said an unprecedented strike by foreign service officers reflects badly on Baird.

Foreign Ministry personnel reshuffle endorsed by Cabinet

The Cabinet on Friday endorsed a reshuffle of senior officials at the Foreign Ministry, including the appointment of Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki as vice foreign minister, the ministry's top bureaucratic post. Saiki, 60, replaces Chikao Kawai, 60, who retires with immediate effect after assuming the top bureaucratic post in September, when the now opposition Democratic Party of Japan was in power.
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