Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and the Netherlands have agreed to work together on global challenges.
Abe met Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Rotterdam on Wednesday.
Abe said at a joint news conference that the Netherlands is an important strategic partner for Japan and that the two countries share universal values, such as freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.
He also said he appreciates the fact that the countries hold good ties in all fields, including politics, economics, and culture.
The Japanese prime minister disclosed that they agreed to cooperate on global issues in the run-up to the Group of 20 summit to be held in Japan in June.
Among those issues are promoting free trade and innovation as well as tackling climate change and the problem of plastic waste that causes marine pollution.
Abe noted that to deal with North Korea, they confirmed efforts to achieve complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of that nation's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges.
He also said they agreed it is necessary to completely implement UN Security Council resolutions relating to North Korea.
Abe stated that Rutte offered support for an early resolution of the issue of abductions of Japanese nationals by the North.