Foreign Minister Matsumoto had a telephone talks with Foreign Secretary Hague of the United Kingdom
March 12, 2011
From 11:20 pm March 11, 2011, Foreign Minister Matsumoto had a telephone talks with Rt. Hon. William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom. The meeting lasted about 10 minutes.
- Following his words of congratulations to Mr. Matsumoto's appointment as Foreign Minister of Japan, Foreign Secretary Hague stated that he was saddened by the earthquake and that he wished to express his heartfelt condolences for those who had passed away. The United Kingdom was ready to extend all assistance, Rt. Hon. Hague said. He also stated that he would be grateful if information regarding the safety of U.K. nationals in Japan be provided.
- Foreign Minister Matsumoto thanked, on behalf of the government of Japan as well as the people of Japan, for the generous offer of cooperation, and Foreign Secretary Hague's words of sympathy. He understood that the government of the United Kingdom was naturally interested in the safety of its nationals in Japan, and explained that close communication was being maintained with the British Embassy in Japan. Foreign Minister Matsumoto further stated that necessary requirements for assistance would become clear when the situation of damage be clarified, and that he would like to request available assistance in the light of the damage situation and the offers extended by the United Kingdom.
- At the end of the conversation Foreign Secretary Hague stated that the United Kingdom was committed very strongly to strengthening its relations with Japan.
For your reference, Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom stated in Brussel where he was attending an emergency summit of EU leaders called discuss the crisis in Libya.:
“The first think we should be thinking about today is sending our sympathies and our condolences to the Japanese people. I’ve asked immediately that our Government should look at what we can do to help.”