The G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On June 21, during his visit to London, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, hosted the third G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting under the Japanese Presidency this year for approximately 55 minutes from 12:15pm (8:15pm JST). The overview of the meeting is as follows. (Foreign Ministers of the G7 countries (except Canada), Minister of International Development of Canada, and EU Ambassador to the United Kingdom attended.)
- At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Hayashi expressed his appreciation for the UK’s efforts to hold the Ukraine Recovery Conference, and stated that he would like to continue close coordination among the G7 in order to restore peace and prosperity to Ukraine. Other participants also expressed their views on the situation in Ukraine.
- Following that, the US Secretary of State Blinken explained the result of his recent visit to China. Minister Hayashi then stated that it is important to engage candidly with and convey the concerns of the G7 directly to China, while building constructive and stable relations through dialogue with China, and thus he paid close attention to the result of Secretary Blinken’s visit to China. Other participants also expressed their views, including on the situation in China. The G7 confirmed that they continue to coordinate closely, including through the follow-up on the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano, and the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
- Regarding North Korea, Minister Hayashi mentioned that North Korea launched at least two ballistic missiles last week, both of which landed within Japan’s EEZ. He emphasized that these launches, as well as the satellite launch on May 31, violate the UN Security Council resolutions, and they are absolutely unacceptable. He stated that he would like to continue working closely as the G7 on this issue, and further deepening their discussion on the Indo-Pacific.