Japan and the United Nations

September 3, 2020

On September 3, commencing at around 10:00 a.m. for approximately 10 minutes, Mr. ABE Shinzo, Prime Minister, held a telephone talk with H. E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. The overview of the talk is as follows.

1. At the beginning, Secretary-General Guterres appreciated Prime Minister Abe’s leadership in all spheres as well as his contribution to the international community and expressed gratitude for his cooperation with the United Nations. Secretary-General Guterres also expressed his expectation that Japan will continue to play the leading role in the global response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

2. Prime Minister Abe explained the reasons behind his decision to resign and expressed his appreciation to Secretary-General Guterres for his cooperation with Japan on a wide range of issues. Prime Minister Abe also emphasized the importance of the close partnership developed between Japan and the UN organizations under the leadership of Secretary-General Guterres in responding to the pandemic.

3. They recalled that the United Nations marks its 75th anniversary this year and confirmed to maintain the close relationship between Japan and the United Nations.

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