Telephone Conversation between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey

July 5, 2010

Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone conversation with Dr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey, for 20 minutes from around 4:35 p.m. on July 5 (Mon). The summary of the conversation is as follows.

  1. Minister Okada started the telephone conversation with a few words concerning his reappointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs. He then expressed his gratitude for Turkey’s cooperation for “Japan Year 2010 in Turkey” currently being held in Turkey, and extended an invitation to Minister Davutoğlu to visit Japan within this year. Minister Davutoğlu responded with words of congratulations for Minister Okada’s reappointment and expressed his gratitude for the invitation, stating that he would like to visit Japan as soon as possible.

  2. Regarding Iran’s nuclear issue, Minister Okada stated that he had expectations for the Teheran agreement and would keep a close eye on its development. He noted the importance of steadily implementing the measures stipulated in UN Security Council Resolution 1929. Minister Okada also stated that it was significant to explore opportunities for dialogue with Iran. Minister Davutoğlu gave an explanation of ideas on how to implement the Teheran agreement and stated that it was important to continue to hold dialogues with concerned countries, including Iran. Minister Okada further stated that the confrontation between Israel Defense Forces and ships carrying supplies for the Gaza Strip was regrettable and expressed his condolences for the nine people who lost their lives in the incident. Minister Davutoğlu gave an explanation on the current situation of Turkey’s relationship with Israel.

  3. The two ministers shared the view to continue to closely cooperate on assistance to Afghanistan.

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