Japan-Canada Foreign Ministers' Meeting
On August 2, commencing at 4:30 p.m. (local time) for approximately one hour, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was visiting Singapore to attend Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-related Foreign Ministers' Meetings, held a Japan-Canada Foreign Ministers' Meeting with the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- At the beginning, Minister Kono congratulated Minister Freeland on her birthday on the same day.
- With regard to North Korea, the two foreign ministers confirmed that now it is a critical moment whether the process between the U.S. and North Korea will succeed, and that it is important to support the U.S.-North Korea talks in order to realize the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement (CVID) of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges by North Korea. In addition, the two foreign ministers shared the view that the full implementation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions by all countries is important.
- With regard to the situation in Myanmar, Minister Kono explained Japan's efforts at the request of Minister Freeland.
- The two foreign ministers exchanged views on international trade, including the TPP 11 Agreement, the NAFTA renegotiations, and the investigation based on Section 232 of the U.S. Trade Expansion Act.
- In addition, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on regional affairs.