Teleconference between Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the U.K.

July 18, 2007

For about 10 minutes from around 17:03 on July 13, Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a teleconference with the Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the U.K.  Mr. Miliband called Mr. Aso to extend his greetings upon taking up his new office.  The gist of the conversation is as follows:

After congratulating Mr. Miliband on his new post, Mr. Aso said, “The U.K. is Japan’s reliable strategic partner.  Japan and the U.K. have closely cooperated on such issues as North Korea and UN reform, and Japan intends to continue such cooperation as the year 2008 would see the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the U.K.”  Mr. Miliband responded, “Japan is one of the global key players and I have been looking forward to talking with a well-seasoned Foreign Minister.  The U.K. wishes to further develop already solid Japan-U.K. relations.  The U.K. supports Japan’s position on UN reform, and will also like to cooperate with Japan on climate change.  Japan will chair the G8 Summit in 2008, and I will maintain close cooperation with Your Excellency.”

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