Meeting and Dinner between Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations
November 16, 2011
At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs had a meeting of approximately 35 minutes with H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations, and this was followed by a dinner of approximately 1 hour starting at 8:05 p.m. A summary of the meetings is as follows.
- At the start of the talk, Foreign Minister Gemba welcomed President Nassir to Japan and stated that he hopes that President Nassir will demonstrate leadership in tackling the various challenges as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations. President Nassir responded by expressing his appreciation for the invitation to Japan and highly praised Japan for its commitments to the United Nations. He also stated that during his visit to Japan he intends to exchange opinions particularly with regard to Security Council reform, disaster prevention, and nuclear safety.
- On the topic of Security Council reform, Foreign Minister Gemba said that Japan intends to provide cooperation in order to achieve the early realization of reforms. President Nassir responded that the “Tokyo dialogue on Security Council Reform”, which he attended, was a meaningful initiative. He added that Security Council reform is an important issue and he intends to cooperate closely with Japan going forward.
- On the matter of disaster prevention, Foreign Minister Gemba stated that he plans to cooperate with President Nassir in order to share knowledge with the international community based on the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. President Nassir responded that disaster prevention is one of the priorities for him and he intends to cooperate closely with Japan in this regard.
- Foreign Minister Gemba stated that he wishes to convey that Japan has decided to begin preparation for dispatching a contingent consisting of engineer units and a support unit to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, and he said that Japan will proactively support the mediation initiatives of President Nassir. President Nassir responded that he is grateful for Japan’s support in the area of mediation, which is one of the key issues on which he is focusing.
- With regard to nuclear disarmament, Foreign Minister Gemba expressed his intention to coordinate with President Nasser in ensuring the adoption of the resolution on nuclear disarmament at the UN General Assembly, as well as at the First committee. Concerning North Korea, he expressed his concern over its nuclear development, and stated that it was necessary for the international community to address this issue in a concerted manner in order to achieve North Korea’s concrete actions. Regarding the abduction issue, which is an important issue concerning Japan’s sovereignty while being a universal concern for the international community, he expressed his intention to cooperate with President Nasser toward the adoption at the General Assembly of “the resolution on the situation of human rights in the DPRK” that Japan had jointly proposed with the EU. President Nasser stated that he fully supported the importance of human rights issues, including the North Korean issues. He expressed his hope that the resolution will be submitted to the General Assembly soon after it has been adopted by the Third Committee.
- Lastly, Foreign Minister Gemba and President Nassir exchanged opinions regarding the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, Libya, and Syria.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)