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Japan-UK Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

November 20, 2023

On November 20th, commencing approximately at 07:30 p.m. for about 20 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan held a telephone talk with the Rt Hon David CAMERON, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa congratulated Foreign Secretary Cameron on his appointment, and mentioned that she had visited Foreign Secretary Cameron’s office 6 years ago as a member of a research group of the House of Representatives on the Constitution to have his views about the UK’s referendum on Brexit. Minister Kamikawa expressed her intention to work together with Foreign Secretary Cameron to further elevate Japan-UK relations and to tackle various challenges of the international community. In response, Foreign Secretary Cameron mentioned that he remembered well about the meeting with Minister Kamikawa, and stated that he was pleased to be able to cooperate with Japan as Foreign Secretary, and expressed his willingness to work closely with Minister Kamikawa.
  2. Two Ministers affirmed to deepen the cooperation in a wide range of fields including security and economy towards the free and open international order based on the rule of law, sharing the recognition that security and prosperity of the Euro-Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific are inseparable.
  3. The two Ministers also exchanged views including on the response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the situation in East Asia and others and concurred to continue their close coordination. On the situations in the Middle East in particular, Minister Kamikawa stated that improving the humanitarian situation on the ground is the top priority and it is necessary to take every possible measure including humanitarian pauses. In response, Foreign Secretary Cameron expressed his concurrence and the two Ministers exchanged views.

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