Japan-Germany Relations

June 30, 2016

On June 30, commencing at 9:10 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe requested with regard to the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) that the EU and the UK cooperate to promptly issue a clear message that could sweep away market anxiety and enhance predictability. He also stated that it was important to continue to express the strong will on the part of the G7 to work together to make utmost efforts for the growth of the world economy and the stability of the financial and exchange markets, based on the agreement (PDF)Open a New Window at the recent G7 Ise-Shima Summit.

2. In response, Chancellor Merkel stated that although the result of the referendum was a surprise, she would make every effort to prevent turbulence in the world economy as agreed upon at the EU finance ministers meeting and that Germany intended to collaborate closely in order to issue a powerful message as the G7.

3. The two leaders agreed to continue to cooperate toward an early conclusion of the ongoing negotiations on the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) by the end of this year.

4. The two leaders also confirmed the importance of Japan and Europe collaborating closely for the peace and prosperity of the international community and agreed to continue to collaborate closely.

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