Congratulatory Message from Foreign Minister Taro Kono to the Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States

April 27, 2018
Japanese

  1. On April 27(April 26, local time), Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono sent a congratulatory message to the Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America as follows.

    Dear Secretary Mike Pompeo,

    I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on your inauguration as the U.S. Secretary of State.

    Amid the increasing severity of the region’s security as represented by nuclear and missile development by North Korea, the Japan-U.S. Alliance, which is a cornerstone of peace and prosperity of the region, assumes greater significance. I hope to overcome the difficult time through our close coordination so that peace and stability prevail in the international community.

    I very much look forward to meeting with you at the earliest possible occasion for a candid exchange of views, and to working with you to further strengthen the unwavering tie between Japan and the United States.

    Please accept my best wishes for your new duty.

    Sincerely,

    Taro Kono
    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan