Telephone Talks between Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida and Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski of Poland

December 12, 2013

  1. On December 12, from 5:10 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, at the suggestion of the Republic of Poland, held telephone talks with H.E. Mr. Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland. The outline of the talks is as follows.

    1. Minister Kishida referred to the fruitful discussions the Ministers had at the Visegrad Group (V4) plus Japan Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in November, and expressed his pleasure to talk to Minister Sikorski again. Minister Sikorski consented and expressed his satisfaction that in this year the relations between Japan and Poland was considerably strengthend especially through the visit of Prime Minister Abe to Poland in June.

    2. Minister Sikorski expressed deep concern over the situation in Ukraine. Minister Kishida noted that Japan has, with concern, been paying close attention to the situation in Ukraine. He pointed out that eventual realization of the democratization and transition to a market economy of Ukraine was critically important for the region and to the world, and that from this perspective Japan was concerned by the the Ukraininan police’s use of force against large-scale anti-government protests. Minister Kishida and Minister Sikorski also discussed economic situation in Ukraine.

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