Japan-EU Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On Thursday, April 14, commencing at 3:15 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a telephone talk with the H.E. Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission.
1. In his opening remarks, Minister Kishida expressed his appreciation for the successful completion of the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting and his gratitude for High Representative Mogherini’s cooperation in this regard. High Representative Mogherini voiced her respect for Minister Kishida’s leadership at the recent G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
2. High Representative Mogherini commented that the visits to the Peace Memorial Museum and other sites have symbolic significance and were deeply meaningful to herself, European people, and the entire international community, and she expressed her gratitude to Minister Kishida for the decision to hold the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hiroshima. In response, Minister Kishida explained that Japan hopes to cooperate for the realization of a world without nuclear weapons, based on the results from the G7 Hiroshima Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
3. Minister Kishida and High Representative Mogherini also confirmed that the two sides intend to bolster efforts for an agreement in principle during 2016 for the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and an early conclusion of the Japan-EU Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).
4. In addition, Minister Kishida and High Representative Mogherini confirmed their intent to continue close collaboration to address the various issues facing the international community.