Telephone Talks between Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

March 24, 2011

On Thursday, March 24, Prime Minister Naoto Kan and The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, held telephone talks at the request of the UK side. An outline of the talks is as follows.

  1. Prime Minister Cameron expressed his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the government and the people of the United Kingdom and deepest respect for the courage and resilience of Japanese people following the Tohoku – Pacific Ocean Earthquake. He stated that Prime Minister Kan should not hesitate to ask him for any assistance that Japan might need, and that he had visited the Japanese Embassy in London on 22 March (Tuesday, GMT), to sign the Book of Condolence.

  2. In response, Prime Minister Kan expressed his gratitude for the words of sympathy on behalf of the Japanese people and Prime Minister Cameron’s visit to the Japanese Embassy to sign the Book of Condolence. He also thanked Prime Minister Cameron for the dispatch of a search and rescue team and other assistance. The Prime Minister then explained Japanese Government’s relief efforts for the victims as well as the situation concerning Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

  3. Prime Minister Cameron expressed his gratitude for Prime Minister Kan’s explanation, told him that he was about to fly to Brussels to take part in a Council of the European Union meeting, and stated that he would call on the heads of the EU member countries to stand in solidarity with Japan. He also expressed his respect for Prime Minister Kan’s firm stance and leadership in the face of the national crisis.

  4. In concluding the telephone talks, the two leaders said they were looking forward to meeting each other at the occasion of the G8 Summit meeting to be held in Paris on 26-27 May.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)