Japan-United States of America Relations
Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On January 14, commencing at around 11:50 a.m. (local time; around 5:00 a.m. Japan time on January 15) for approximately 90 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting over lunch with the Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
- Regarding the situation in the Middle East, the two ministers shared recognition of the current situation and held a candid exchange of views. Minister Motegi stated that he is deeply concerned about the heightening tensions in the Middle East, and that Japan calls all concerned for further diplomatic efforts toward easing tensions, and appreciates a self-restrained response. The two ministers shared the view that an escalation of the situation must be avoided. Furthermore, the two ministers confirmed the importance of continuing diplomatic efforts toward easing tensions and stabilizing the situation in the Middle East, while closely cooperating with relevant countries.
- Regarding the situation in North Korea, Minister Motegi stated that Japan continues to fully support the U.S.-North Korea process and will once again urge North Korea to take steps for complete denuclearization. The two ministers completely shared the view that Japan and the U.S., as well as Japan, the U.S., and the ROK will continue to cooperate more closely and work together towards the resolution of the abductions, nuclear, and missile issues.
- The two ministers welcomed the entry into force of the Japan-U.S. Trade Agreement and the Japan-U.S. Digital Trade Agreement on January 1, and confirmed that this year, which marks the 60th anniversary of the signing and entry into force of the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty, the two countries will further bolster the Japan-U.S. Alliance, which is stronger than ever before. The two ministers also shared the view on coordinating closely for a successful G7 Summit, of which the United States holds this year’s presidency, and on working together in addressing the issues facing the international community. Secretary Pompeo expressed his intention to have frequent meetings with Minister Motegi, and looked forward to Minister Motegi’s attendance at the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The two ministers shared the view on continuing their close coordination.