On November 7th, commencing at 5:45 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America, who is visiting Japan for the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida stated that the unity of G7 is needed more than ever with the situation in Israel and Palestine, the situation in Ukraine, and the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, and that he hopes that the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will serve as an opportunity for active discussion among the G7 members. In response, Secretary Blinken stated that he would like to further strengthen the coordination of the G7 members through the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
- Regarding the situation in Israel and Palestine, Prime Minister Kishida unequivocally condemned the recent terror attack by Hamas and others. He also stated that he highly appreciates the leadership and diplomatic efforts by the Biden administration concerning this issue, and stated that Japan will continue its diplomatic efforts in coordination with the U.S. to adhere to international humanitarian law, to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza and toward realizing humanitarian pauses that would contribute to such ends, as well as to realize a two-state solution. In response, Secretary Blinken stated that he would like to continue to work closely together with Japan on this issue as well.
- Prime Minister Kishida further stated the importance of coordination between Japan and the U.S. on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, issues related to China, and responses against North Korea. Secretary Blinken stated that he would like to continue to work for strengthening the coordination between Japan and the U.S. in responding to the various issues facing the international society.