Japan and the United Nations
Prime Minister Abe Meets with the President of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic)
On September 21, commencing at 10 a.m. (local time; 11 p.m. on September 21, Japan) time for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, who is visiting New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, held a meeting with H.E. Dr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic). The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Abe stated that North Korea launched ballistic missiles that flew over Japan twice and went ahead with a sixth nuclear test, and these actions are a clear violation of UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and inflict serious damage on the non-proliferation regime. Prime Minister Abe conveyed that he hopes to cooperate with President Lajčák in order to encourage member states to fully implement the relevant UNSC Resolutions. Furthermore, Prime Minister Abe also sought President Lajčák’s understanding and support for resolving the abductions issue.
- Prime Minister Abe expressed his strong hope that text-based negotiations will be commenced in this session’s intergovernmental negotiations on UNSC reform, and expressed the expectation over General Assembly President Lajčák’s leadership.
- The two sides shared the view that they will cooperate on the above-mentioned challenges as well as a large number of challenges facing the international community, such as sustainable development issues, and they also shared the view that they will strengthen the economic relationship between Japan and the Slovak Republic.