North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
Meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg
On October 31, commencing at 10:45 p.m. for approximately 35 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg. The Secretary General is paying a working visit to Japan. After the meeting, Prime Minister Abe and the Secretary General Stoltenberg had a joint press occasion. Following the press occasion, Joint Press Statement (English (PDF) / Japanese (PDF)) was issued.
The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Prime Minister Abe welcomed the Secretary General on his visit to Japan and stated that he would like to further enhance cooperation with NATO as a reliable partner beginning with the issue with North Korea, which has become increasingly serious.
2. In response, the Secretary General congratulated Prime Minister Abe on the victory in the recent general election for the House of Representatives. He stated that NATO maintained the longest relationship with Japan as its partner outside Europe, and he would like to work with Japan to address regional and international challenges.
3. Regarding the situation in North Korea, Prime Minister Abe and the Secretary General shared the view that the nuclear and missile development by North Korea was a threat to the entire international community and concurred on the importance of maximizing pressure against North Korea. Furthermore, they shared the view that they would cooperate on early resolution of the abductions issue.
4. Regarding the situation in East China Sea and South China Sea, Prime Minister Abe and the Secretary General expressed concern and reaffirmed their opposition against unilateral coercive action that could alter the status quo and increase tension.
5. With regard to security cooperation, Prime Minister Abe and the Secretary General shared the view that Japan and NATO would start an update on the Japan-NATO Individual Partnership Cooperation Plan (IPCP), thereby further deepening Japan-NATO relations. They also concurred on bolstering collaboration between Japan and NATO, as well as among Japan, the United States and Europe in areas such as maritime security.
6. They also exchanged views on various regional and international issues.