Attendance at the ceremony to issue the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine.
On July 12, commencing at 3:00 p.m. (local time; 9:00 p.m. JST) for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting Republic of Lithuania to attend the NATO Summit Meeting, attended at the ceremony to issue the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine ( English (PDF) / Japanese (PDF) ). The overview of the ceremony is as follows.
- The ceremony was held in the presence of the G7 leaders and the Ukraine's President Zelenskyy.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida, speaking in his capacity as Chair of the G7, stated that he is pleased to announce the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine.
Furthermore, Prime Minister Kishida stated that at the G7 Hiroshima Summit in May, through discussions, including with a wide range of invited countries, the leaders could confirm those points, such as not to allow any attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force anywhere in the world and to protect a free and open international order based on the rule of law. Prime Minister also stated that it is significant that the G7 leaders and President Zelenskyy are able to meet together again so soon after the Hiroshima Summit.
In addition, Prime Minister Kishida stated that the Declaration is open to any country that shares the idea of support for Ukraine in the future and he expects many countries to join it. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that the G7 will continue to stand by Ukraine and our solidarity will never waver.
- Then, President Biden and President Zelenskyy also made statements. The G7 welcomed the issue of the Joint Declaration of Support for Ukraine and could reiterate its firm determination to continue to provide strong support to Ukraine, in light of the Declaration.