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Japan-Germany Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

January 16, 2014
On January 16, commencing at 7:10 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany. The overview is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Minister Kishida congratulated Minister Steinmeier on his reappointment. Both ministers shared the view that as global players, Japan and Germany will work closely together to deal with various challenges, including those in the security areas.
2. Minister Kishida explained that the Government of Japan is advocating a policy of "proactive contribution to peace" and is determined to contribute even more actively than ever before to the peace and stability of regional and international society, based on the principle of international cooperation. In response, Minister Steinmeier welcomed this contribution by Japan, and expressed gratitude for the Government of Japan specifying in its National Security Strategy (NSS) that Europe including Germany are countries with which Japan should strengthen partnership. He said he will strive to strengthen cooperation between Japan and Germany. 
3. The two ministers also shared the view that bilateral exchanges, including at summit and foreign minister levels, will be pursued more actively.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.
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