Foreign Minister Kishida Receives a Courtesy Call from the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
August 7, 2015
On August 7, commencing at 9:10 a.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida received a courtesy call from Ms. Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, during her visit to Japan. The outline of the call is as follows.
Foreign Minister Kishida expressed that, as he expressed in the Japan-U.S. Foreign Minister’s meeting held on August 6, he highly appreciated Ambassador Kennedy’s and Ms. Gottemoeller’s attendance at the 2015 Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima and 2015 Nagasaki Peace Ceremony, the first time a U.S. Under Secretary had attended. He looked forward to continuous cooperation with the United States.
In response, Ms. Gottemoeller stated that she was deeply honored to attend these ceremonies on behalf of the U.S. Government, and it is important to share the knowledge of the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons across borders and generations. She also hoped to further deepen the already strong Japan-U.S. cooperation in the fields of disarmament and non-proliferation.
Both sides underscored their resolve that in this, the 70th year since the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they would cooperate at every opportunity toward achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.
(Reference) Ms. Gottemoeller visited Hiroshima to attend the 8th Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Ministerial Meeting in Hiroshima as a guest speaker in April 2014.