Japan-Republic of Korea Relations

October 24, 2017

On October 24, commencing at 4:15 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The overview of the telephone talk is as follows. 

  1. At the outset, President Moon extended his congratulations on the result of the House of Representatives election. Furthermore, President Moon stated that the overwhelming victory in the election would provide momentum for advancing policies and that it indicates the strong support of the people for the policy vision and leadership of Prime Minister Abe. 
  2. In response, Prime Minister Abe expressed sincere gratitude for President Moon's congratulations. Both leaders affirmed that they will continue to work closely together for the development of bilateral relations, and to promote close Japan-ROK and Japan-US-ROK cooperation to increase pressure on North Korea.
  3. In addition, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to pursue cooperation and exchange in a broad range of fields in order to build a new and future-oriented Japan-ROK relations, while appropriately managing the difficult issues between Japan and the ROK. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe said that he is looking forward to holding a Japan-ROK-China Summit by the end of the year and welcoming President Moon to Japan. The two leaders also affirmed that they will continue to maintain close communication.

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