Japan-South Africa Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talks

April 18, 2011

On Monday, April 18, Mr. Takeaki Matsumoto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held telephone talks with H.E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa, on the latter's initiative. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. At the start, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane congratulated Minister Matsumoto's appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs, and offered words of sympathy for the Great East Japan Earthquake. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane said that she is confident that Japan will certainly recover from the current disaster with the resilience that it has demonstrated so far, and that she highly appreciates Japan's continued commitment to assisting developing countries, including the hosting of the Third TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting, while trying to rebuild following the disaster.

  2. In response, Minister Matsumoto expressed heartfelt gratitude on behalf of the Government and the people of Japan for the messages of sympathy from President Jacob Zuma, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, the National Assembly, and many other individuals, as well as the rescue team dispatched to Japan, whose members carried out remarkable work in the affected areas, in response to the latest disaster. Minister Matsumoto continued on to explain Japan's reconstruction efforts and responses to the nuclear incident.

  3. The two ministers agreed to continue working through the diplomatic channel for President Zuma's visit to Japan and to further strengthen bilateral political and economic relations, among other agreements. The Ministers also exchanged views on the issue of climate change, for which South Africa will be chairing the discussion this year, as well as United Nations reform and other global issues, and agreed to continue closely cooperating in these matters.
    • (*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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