Japan-Brunei Foreign Minister’s Telephone Talk
On February 25, commencing at 4:25 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with Dato Seri Setia Haji Erywan bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Jaya Haji Mohd Yusof, Minister of Foreign Affairs II, Brunei Darussalam. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- In opening remarks, Minister Motegi congratulated Brunei on assuming the Chair of ASEAN, and stated that Japan will spare no effort in cooperation towards the success of ASEAN-related meetings.
- The two Ministers held an in-depth exchange of views on the situation in Myanmar and concurred that both sides have grave concerns over the current situation. Minister Motegi explained Japan's policy of continuing to strongly urge the Myanmar military to immediately stop violence against civilians including shootings, release those who have been detained including State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and swiftly restore Myanmar's democratic political system. Minister Erywan explained the efforts by ASEAN member states in responding to the situation in Myanmar from the perspective of ASEAN Chair. The two ministers concurred on the importance of this issue and confirmed to continue their coordination.
- Minister Motegi expressed serious concern with regard to China's Coast Guard Law, and the two ministers agreed to continue to work closely on matters relating to the regional situation, including the East and South China Sea, North Korea, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Minister Motegi also asked for continued understanding and cooperation towards the early resolution of the abductions issue.