Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On December 17th, commencing at 10:10 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk with the Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States. The overview of the telephone talk is as follows.
- At the outset, the two ministers exchanged views on situations regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the way the two countries cooperate and tackle this issue.
- The two ministers had an exchange of views extensively regarding regional situations, including the East and the South China Seas, and urgent common issues to the international community. They confirmed close collaboration on these issues under a robust Japan-U.S. Alliance.
- The two ministers shared the view that the Japan-Australia-India-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Meeting held in Tokyo on October 6th was highly significant, and reaffirmed that Japan-Australia-India-U.S. meetings are where the four countries hold discussions to advance practical cooperation in a broad range of areas such as quality infrastructure, maritime security, counter-terrorism, cyber security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, education and human resource development, and that they are conducive to the promotion of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” in a concrete way.