Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministerial Telephone Talks

March 12, 2011

  1. From 7:45 am of Saturday, March 12, Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto held telephone talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, at the suggestion from the latter. The call lasted about 10 minutes.

  2. Secretary of State Clinton expressed her sympathy regarding the recent Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake and stated that, as conveyed from President Obama to Prime Minister Kan, the United States was prepared to extend all possible assistance to Japan, and she wished to have both countries' authorities concerned continue communicating closely.

  3. In response, Foreign Minister Matsumoto expressed his heartfelt gratitude for Secretary Clinton's early phone call of sympathy, stating that significant damages had been done in very vast geographic areas, and that having set up its emergency headquarters the Government of Japan had been tackling with the aftermath of the disaster with full-scale efforts.  Foreign Minister Matsumoto further stated that he was deeply grateful for the United States' early offer of any possible assistance, including its assistance through the U.S. forces in Japan, and that he was encouraged by the support of its ally, the United States.

  4. Both sides confirmed that the two countries will continue close cooperation to further deepen Japan-US alliance.
    • (*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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