Japan-Germany Relations

April 10, 2016

On Sunday, April 10, commencing at 10:20 p.m. for approximately 40 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany, in Hiroshima, during his visit to attend the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. Minister Kishida expressed his pleasure at being able to meet Minister Steinmeier again in Hiroshima as the Chair of the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, following on from the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in 2014. Minister Kishida also extended his condolences for the passing of former Foreign Ministers Mr. Guido Westerwelle and Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher. Minister Steinmeier said he was pleased to be able to visit Hiroshima again, and expressed his regret for not being able to attend the day’s discussions due to an aircraft malfunction. The two ministers affirmed that they will continue to cooperate closely for the success of the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

2. 2. Both ministers also agreed to work in close cooperation on the intergovernmental negotiations based on written agreements in New York, so as to obtain specific outcomes of the reforms of the United Nations Security Council.

3. Furthermore, the two ministers discussed the situations in Russia-Ukraine, Afghanistan and East Asia. Additionally, both ministers shared the view that they will continue to work together towards the further development of Japan-Germany relations.

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