Japan-EU Summit Telephone Talks

March 22, 2011

Today (Tuesday March 22), from 18:00 for about 15 minutes, Prime Minister Naoto Kan held telephone talks with H.E. Mr. Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. President Van Rompuy extended words of heartfelt sympathy for the Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake, on behalf of the 27 Member States of the European Union (EU). The President said that the EU is always at the side of Japan and will gather all their power to assist Japan.

  2. In response, Prime Minister Kan expressed his gratitude for the words of sympathy from the EU, as well as their announcement of assistance and expression of solidarity. The Prime Minister then explained the situation after the earthquake and tsunami, in particular the situation of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plants. He conveyed the intention to provide information to the EU and the rest of the international community with the maximum level of transparency.

  3. In concluding the telephone talks, Prime Minister Kan said that he is determined to overcome this crisis by addressing the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami and is looking forward to meeting the President at the occasion of the G8 Summit meeting to be held in late May.
    • (*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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