Courtesy Call on Minister MOTEGI by Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener,
Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Myanmar
May 28, 2021
On May 28, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, received a courtesy call by H.E. Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General on Myanmar. The overview is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Motegi welcomed her visit, and expressed his respect to Special Envoy Burgener’s efforts on the situation in Myanmar. He also explained Japan’s efforts, such as engaging with the Myanmar military, collaborating with ASEAN and the G7, and implementing humanitarian assistance for the people of Myanmar through the World Food Programme (WFP). In response, Special Envoy Burgener stated that she highly values Japan’s important role in addressing the situation in Myanmar, the implementation of humanitarian assistance and its efforts so far.
- Special Envoy Burgener explained the initiatives of the UN since the coup occurred in Myanmar, including her discussions with ASEAN Member States in Thailand before coming to Japan. In addition, Special Envoy Burgerner expressed her hope that Japan will offer its assistance and expertise for turning around the situation in Myanmar . In response, Minister Motegi pointed out that it is important to achive concrete outcomes, building on the “Five-Point Consensus” announced by ASEAN, and both sides concurred to continue supporting the efforts by ASEAN together to turn around the situation and working in close coordination on the situation in Myanmar.