Foreign Minister Kono holds a Working Dinner with
President-elect of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
August 30, 2018
On August 30, commencing at 7:40 p.m. for approximately seventy minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Foreign Minister of Japan, held a working dinner with H.E. Mrs. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The overview of the meeting was as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Kono expressed his congratulations on Mrs. Espinosa’s appointment as President of the 73rd session of the UNGA, and stated that Japan, as a Vice-President of the UNGA would offer maximum support to President Espinosa’s leadership in resolving the challenges of the international society. President Espinosa expressed her appreciation for the invitation from Japan and strong support from Minister Kono.
- Minister Kono emphasized the importance of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) reform and conveyed to President Espinosa that negotiation towards the reform needs to be progressed immediately. On North Korea, Minister Kono stated that it is critical that each country continues the full implementation of UNSC resolutions.
- The two sides exchanged views on a wide range of issues such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender-related matters and other global issues, and shared the view to work closely together in these fields.