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Courtesy Call on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany
April 11, 2014
On Friday, April 11 commencing at around 6:10 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call from H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, who is currently visiting Japan in order to attend the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hiroshima. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Prime Minister Abe stated that he is very happy to have recently had a very fruitful discussion with H.E. Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Hague, and expressed that Japan intends to further deepen collaboration with Germany.
2. The two sides exchanged views concerning the recent situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Abe commented that this issue pertains not only to the region, but also the international community as a whole and Asia in particular, and that Japan would like to continue cooperating with Germany going forward.
3. The two sides also agreed to strengthen relations between Japan and Germany, particularly in the four areas of security, socioeconomics, regional situations, and personal and intellectual exchanges.