Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
October 15, 2014
On October 15, commencing at 4:30 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with the Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The outline of the talk is as follows.
1. At the beginning, Minister Kishida expressed his respect for Secretary Kerry’s approach of leading initiatives to address the variety of issues in the world, such as the situation in the Middle East, including his attendance at the recent Conference on the Reconstruction of Gaza, as well as the Ebola virus disease.
2. Minister Kishida and Secretary Kerry exchanged views on responses to the problem of Ebola virus disease. Minister Kishida explained that Japan announced the provision of additional assistance of a total of 40 million U.S. dollars at the United Nations General Assembly, of which 22 million U.S. dollars is in the process of being disbursed. He also explained that out of 500,000 sets of personal protective equipment, 20,000 sets have been delivered and the remaining sets are scheduled to be sent successively, and said Japan will also accelerate all types of assistance going forward. In response, Secretary Kerry expressed his gratitude for Japan’s assistance, and explained the policy of the U.S. Government. Both sides agreed that Japan and the United States will continue to work closely together to respond to the problem of Ebola virus disease.