Japan-United States of America Relations
Meeting between Foreign Minister Kono and Former U.S. Secretary of State Albright
April 19, 2019
On April 19th, commencing at around 1:40 p.m. (local time) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, during his visit to Washington D.C., the United States, held a meeting with Ms. Madeleine Korbel Albright, Former Secretary of State of the United State. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Foreign Minister Kono said that he was pleased to meet his mentor of his college years in the United States for the first time since August 2017. Foreign Minister Kono also said that he would like to continue to make efforts as Foreign minister to fortify the Japan-U.S. Alliance and contribute to peace and prosperity of the international community. Ms. Albright said that holding a Japan-U.S. Security Consultative Committee (Japan-U.S. “2+2”) would be extremely significant in light of the current severe security environment in the region. She expressed her expectations for continued success of Foreign Minister Kono.
- They talked pleasantly regarding a wide range of topics, including regional affairs and Japan-U.S. relations in a friendly atmosphere.