Japan-United Kingdom Relations
Prime Minister Abe Held Informal Talks with the Prime Minister of
the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
On September 25, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, during his visit to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, held informal talks from 6:30 p.m. (local time; 7:30 a.m. on September 26, Japan time) for approximately five minutes with The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, following their attendance at the high-level meeting “A Call to Invest: Investing in Youth Jobs in Africa.” The overview is as follows.
- At the beginning, Prime Minister May congratulated Prime Minister Abe on his victory of the recent Liberal Democratic Party presidential election.
- Prime Minister Abe welcomed the outcome of the Seventh Japan-UK Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue held in Tokyo on September 18.
- With regard to the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), Prime Minister Abe expressed expectation for the progress of the negotiations between the UK and the EU in light of the new negotiating position announced by the UK government in July, along with stating that it would be important to ensure legal stability by establishing a transition period. In this regard, Prime Minister May expressed understanding for this, and explained in detail the latest situation of the negotiation to Prime Minister Abe.