Telephone Conversation with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia Kevin Rudd
March 7, 2011
- On Monday, March 7, Mr. Seiji Maehara, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, had a telephone conversation with the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, to bid farewell to Mr. Rudd after Mr. Maehara’s resignation from his post.
- Mr. Maehara said Mr. Rudd that as Minister for Foreign Affairs he made his first official visit to Australia in November 2010, that he has worked on various issues of common interests between the two countries such as the continuation of the Ministerial Meeting of the Trilateral Strategic Dialogue among Japan, US, and Australia, acceleration of the negotiations on a Japan-Australia economic partnership agreement (EPA), and reconciliation with Australian former prisoners of war. Mr. Maehara also expressed his intention to continue to pay particular attention to diplomatic and security issues as well as bilateral relationship between Japan and Australia.
- Foreign Minister Rudd said that it is a great regret to learn Minister Maehara’s resignation, given the important role he has played in leading Japan’s foreign policy. He said that he is glad to hear that Mr. Maehara will remain engaged on foreign affairs and security issues with high interest. Foreign Minister Rudd further expressed his appreciation to Mr. Maehara for his efforts on the issue of reconciliation with former prisoners of war, and conveyed his intention to continue working closely with the Government of Japan on such issues as nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation and regional issues, including the situation in Egypt, in the way he has been working with former Minister Maehara.
- (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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