Japan-France Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talks
February 13, 2013
On February 13 at 9:25 P.M. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held telephone talks with H.E. Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French Republic. The overview of the talks is as follows.
- Minister Kishida expressed the strong concern that the recent nuclear test by North Korea has done tremendous damage to the peace and security of the entire international community. He stated that the international community should not tolerate this test and a new, strong resolution on the matter should be quickly adopted at the United Nations Security Council, and that he wished to continue to closely collaborate with France and other relevant countries. In response, Minister Fabius said that he completely agreed with what Minister Kishida had said, and remarked that the nuclear test by North Korea was a serious matter. He stated that Japan and France should coordinate on condemning North Korea, and that there was a need for the creation of firm and effective sanctions by the UN. Both shared the view that Japan and France would continue close collaboration on this issue.
- The two also confirmed that they would continue to cooperate closely toward the successful completion of the visit to Japan by Mr. François Hollande, President of the French Republic, which is scheduled to take place this year.
- (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original in Japanese.)