April 18, 2024

On April 18, commencing at 0:20 p.m. on April 18 for approximately 50 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Capri Island, Italy to attend the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, participated in the "Red Sea" session. The overview is as follows (G7 Foreign Ministers and The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy participated).

  1. During this session, the G7 members held a candid discussion on the situation in the Red Sea, including an exchange on the attack by the Houthis on vessels navigating through the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
  2. Minister Kamikawa stated that the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, as well as the Indian Ocean, the East and South China Sea, are vital sea lanes connecting Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and that maritime security in these waters directly affects the global economy and supply chains. She explained that Japan has been making efforts to issue strong messages at the UN Security Council in cooperation with relevant countries, including the adoption of UN Security Council resolutions.
  3. Minister Kamikawa also stressed that it is essential for the G7 to promote the importance of the free and open maritime order based on the rule of law.
  4. The G7 Foreign Ministers concurred to continue address the situation in the Red Sea.

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