Meeting between Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba and UK Secretary of State for International Development Andrew Mitchell
July 8, 2012
On Sunday, July 8, Mr. Koichiro Gemba, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom (UK), held a meeting from 4:16 p.m. to 4:37 p.m. An overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Gemba began by expressing his appreciation to the UK for its assistance commitment to Afghanistan, including commitment beyond 2015, and welcomed the UK’s hosting of the first Ministerial-level Review Meeting in 2014. In response, Minister Mitchell expressed his appreciation to Minister Gemba for his contribution to the completion of a substantive outcome document.
- Minister Mitchell noted the importance of maintaining momentum in continuing to promote Japan-UK civil nuclear cooperation as well as security and defense cooperation - the outcomes of the recent Japan-UK Summit Meeting, to which Minister Gemba expressed agreement.
- Both ministers concurred to support the reforms in Myanmar and to cooperate on discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.
- (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)