Japan-Germany Relations

March 2, 2022

On March 2, commencing at 6:25 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. An overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida congratulated President Steinmeier, a long-time friend from his time as Foreign Minister, on his re-election in the Presidential Election. In response, President Steinmeier expressed his congratulations on Prime Minister Kishida's appointment to office and his expectations for high-level visits between the two countries.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida and President Steinmeier exchanged views on the current situation in Ukraine and resolutely condemned Russia's aggression in Ukraine. President Steinmeier welcomed and appreciated Japan's commitments, including sanctions against Russia. The international community faces immense challenges, and the roles of Japan and Germany, as partners sharing fundamental values, are becoming more important. The two leaders shared the view that their countries would work closely together as G7 Presidency in this year and next, including the G7 Summit in Elmau held in June.
  3. The two leaders, on the basis of their long-time relationship as counterparts since they were both foreign ministers, confirmed their willingness to cooperate further in their current positions and, they will work together for development of the bilateral relationship in various fields including security, and on issues in international arena, including efforts toward a World without Nuclear Weapons and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

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