Japan-U.K. Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talks

January 17, 2013

On January 17, for about 10 minutes from 12:30 P.M. (Japan time), Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a telephone conversation with the Rt. Hon. William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. Minister Kishida stated that the Japanese Government was deeply concerned upon receiving information that many foreign nationals, including Japanese and U.K. citizens, had been taken as hostages at a natural gas plant in Algeria on January 16. He stressed that such an act was absolutely unforgivable. In addition, he explained the telephone talks he had had late at night on January 16 and early in the morning on January 17 (both Japan time) with the foreign ministers of Algeria and Norway.
  2. In response, Minister Hague said that the United Kingdom was in close contact with the Algerian Government, and that he hoped to continue to work closely and share information with Japan. In addition, he said that through the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Algeria, he wanted to have good cooperation with Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, who is being dispatched to Algeria by Minister Kishida.
  3. Lastly, the two shared the understanding that close collaboration between Japan and the United Kingdom would continue.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)