Japan-Qatar Summit Telephone Talk
April 6, 2022
On April 6, commencing at 5:30 p.m., Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H. H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar for approximately 20 minutes. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida stated that the Qatar is a strategic partner for Japan and expressed his intention to foster close ties with Amir Tamim. In addition, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for Qatar’s assistance in the evacuation of the Afghan citizens who are related to Japan after the fall of Kabul and the cooperation in realizing the return of Japanese citizens from Russia. In response, Amir Tamim expressed his renewed hopes for strengthening bilateral relations with Japan, and also stated that Qatar will continue cooperation on issues related to Afghanistan and Russia.
- Prime Minister Kishida stated that Russian invasion of Ukraine is a serious violation of international low that violates Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and that it is a serious situation that shakes the foundation of not only Europe but also the international order as a whole, and confirmed that Qatar and Japan will continue to closely coordinate their response. In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on the soaring resource prices in the wake of the situation in Ukraine. Prime Minister Kishida also expressed his hopes for Qatar’s contribution as one of the world's largest LNG exporters, and the two leaders confirmed that Qatar and Japan will cooperate towards the stabilization of the international energy market.
- In addition, The two leaders confirmed to further promote cooperation not only in the area of energy but also in various fields, especially on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Qatar, and Amir Tamim said he hopes Japanese companies with advanced technologies will contribute to the development of human resources and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.