Telephone Conversation between Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu
August 30, 2017
Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a telephone conversation for approximately 10 minutes starting from 3:50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, with H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel. The overview is as follows.
1. In the beginning, Minister Kono expressed his greetings to Prime Minister Netanyahu on assuming the position of Foreign Minister. He expressed his commitment to deepen Japan’s relations with the Middle East region, and his intention to further strengthen and develop the relationship between Japan and Israel. He also expressed his determination to engage in various issues in the Middle East.
2. He then explained Japan’s position on the missile launch by North Korea and the need for pressure from the international community.
3. Prime Minister Netanyahu responded by expressing his congratulations to Mr. Kono upon his assumption of the position of Foreign Minister, and expressed his willingness to engage in dialogue on various issues with Japan, including North Korea’s missile launch and the Middle East Peace process. He also stated that he looked forward to cooperating actively with Foreign Minister Kono for further enhancement of bilateral relations.