Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Receives a Courtesy Call from the Foreign Minister of Ukraine
On March 2, commencing at 2:55 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, received a courtesy call from H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. The overview is as follows.
1. Prime Minister Abe, welcoming Minister Klimkin’s visit to Japan, stated that he highly valued Minister Klimkin’s efforts towards a diplomatic and peaceful solution of the situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Abe further conveyed that Japan has been working towards a peaceful solution respecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, underscoring that it will be indispensable for all the parties concerned to fulfill the Minsk Agreement and implement the ceasefire. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe, indicating the importance of reforms for stable development of Ukraine, stated that Japan will continue to provide Ukraine with assistance for implementing reforms.
2. Minister Klimkin expressed his gratitude for the support extended by the Government of Japan thus far and stated that Ukraine intends to make every effort to move ahead with reforms.
3. Prime Minister Abe and Minister Klimkin also discussed the security environment in East Asia. Minister Klimkin strongly condemned missiles launch by North Korea on the morning of the same day. In response, Prime Minister Abe expressed his gratitude for sharing the same position as Japan over the incident.