Japan-Denmark Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On August 18, commencing at around 4 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Jeppe Kofod, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, in light of the global spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Minister Motegi expressed his respect for the great efforts of the Danish government, which has managed to considerably limit the number of infections, in comparison with other European countries. Furthermore, Minister Motegi expressed Japan’s intention to continue to coordinate and cooperate with Denmark, a strategic partner with which Japan shares the same fundamental values, on tackling the issues facing the international community, including COVID-19. In response, Minister Kofod stated that he evaluates Japan’s COVID-19 measures highly and mentioned the importance of further bilateral coordination.
- In addition, Minister Motegi hoped that the Avigan tablets, which Japan provided for Denmark, will contribute to the advancement of clinical research. In response, Minister Kofod expressed his gratitude.
- The two ministers also held an exchange of views on the “post-COVID-19” international community and shared the view on the importance of countries such as Japan and Denmark, which share the same values, to work in unity to promote the rules-based international order.
- Both ministers shared the view to further develop cooperative relations based on the strategic partnership between Japan and Denmark.