Japan-Oman Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On April 21, commencing at 3:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al Busaidi, Foreign Minister of the Sultanate of Oman. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi stated that Oman is a strong partner of Japan, and that Japan appreciates Oman’s diplomatic efforts toward resolving a number of issues such as the situation in Yemen. Minister Hayashi also said that he would like to further cooperate closely with Minister Badr. In response, Minister Badr stated that the two countries have sustained a friendly relationship over the years, and that he would like to continue working together with Minister Hayashi to further strengthen the bilateral relations as 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Oman.
- Minister Hayashi stated that Russia's recent aggression against Ukraine is an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force, an act that shakes the very foundations of the international order, a clear violation of international law, and that it is absolutely unacceptable. In response, Foreign Minister Badr also condemned the situation and stressed the importance of the role of the United Nations in various areas, including in ensuring compliance with international law and the UN Charter. Both sides confirmed that they would continue to work closely together to address the situation in Ukraine, including in efforts through the United Nations.
- The two ministers exchanged views on the soaring crude oil prices in the wake of the situation in Ukraine. Minister Hayashi expressed his hopes for Oman to continue to play a leading role in stabilizing the international oil market. In response, Minister Badr stated that Oman has a role in stabilizing the international oil market and the two ministers confirmed to continue coordination of their response.
- The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in Yemen and the issue surrounding the Iranian nuclear agreement. Foreign Minister Badr expressed his appreciation for Japan's role in these issues, which are important for regional stability in the Middle East, and the two ministers confirmed that both sides will continue to work closely together.