Japan-Norway Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talks

January 22, 2013

On January 22, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, had telephone talks with Mr. Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway, for about 10 minutes from 4:30 P.M. (Japan Time) concerning the hostage of Japanese nationals in Algeria. The overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. Minister Kishida explained the situation concerning the wellbeing of Japanese citizens, stating that the revelation that seven citizens had perished filled him with extreme grief and that Japan was hurrying to confirm the wellbeing of the remaining three Japanese citizens. He also stated that he was greatly worried for the wellbeing of the five missing Norwegian citizens. He thanked Norway for the offers to provide medical care and transportation services so far, and again said that he wanted to confirm Japan’s close collaboration and cooperation with Norway. Furthermore, he remarked that acts of violence for any reason must never be tolerated and said that the Japanese Government resolutely condemns acts of terrorism. He expressed the resolve to continue the fight against terrorism in collaboration with the international community, including Norway.
  2. In response, Minister Eide expressed his profound condolences for the Japanese who perished in the incident. He said that he was in complete agreement with the statements made by Minister Kishida, commented that it was the terrorists that should be condemned, and condemned them resolutely.
  3. Lastly, Minister Kishida said that the visit in 2012 by Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, had contributed greatly to the development of bilateral relations, and added that he wanted to continue close and friendly relationships in every field. Minister Eide stated that he completely agreed, and said that he wished to continue close collaboration and cooperation with Japan in the future too.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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