Seoul, Nov 5 : South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said his latest meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meaningful and could be a start point for dialogue.
"I've held a meaningful meeting with Abe that could be a start point for dialogue," the South Korean President was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency. On the sidelines of ASEAN Plus Three summit in Bangkok on Monday, Mr Moon and Mr Abe had an 11-minute meeting during which they briefly discussed bilateral relations.
During the meeting, the two leaders had reaffirmed the importance of Japanese-South Korean relations and confirmed its commitment to solving existing problems through dialogue, the South Korean presidential office said. This was the first meeting between the two leaders since September 2018, when they met on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Relations between Tokyo and Seoul hit at a low point in July when Japan introduced restrictions on exports of three high-tech materials - fluorinated polyimides, photoresist and hydrogen fluoride - that were vital for South Korean tech manufacturers. The following month, Tokyo removed Seoul from its list of trading partners with preferential rights.
The move came close on the heels of a South Korean court ruling that Japanese companies must pay reparations to former Korean workers who were forced into labor during World War II by Japan, a colonial power at the time.
Tokyo's official position regarding the reparations is that the bilateral 1965 Treaty on Basic Relations had fully resolved the matter. (UNI)