Japan-Norway Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On November 26, commencing at 4:30 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Ms. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Motegi expressed his intention to closely coordinate and cooperate with Norway, as the important partner sharing fundamental values, in addressing issues facing the international community.
- The two Ministers shared the view to strengthen cooperation on fields such as climate change and marine environment, and expressed expectation toward enhancing their bilateral economic relations in sectors such as energy and healthcare.
- Minister Motegi noted on the importance of developing vaccines swiftly and ensuring fair access to vaccines in response to COVID-19, and explained Japan’s contribution to the COVAX Facility. In response, Minister Søreide highly appreciated Japan’s support through international organizations.
- With Norway becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2021, the two Ministers also shared the view to cooperate more closely in addressing North Korea, including the abductions issue.