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Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

March 20, 2020

On March 20th, commencing at around 9:00 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk with the Honorable Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States. The overview of the telephone talk is as follows.

1. The two ministers, building on the results of the Japan-U.S. Summit Telephone Talk held on March 13th, exchanged views on the domestic situations and preventive measures taken regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The two ministers also shared the view on the following four points:
First, to share lessons learnt and information gained through measures to control the disease as the coronavirus outbreak spreads to various countries;
Second, to acknowledge that border measures conducted over an appropriate period are necessary to control the outbreak, and that in implementing border measures, coordination and information sharing between both Japan and the U.S. as well as other relevant countries is important;
Third, to strengthen public-private partnerships in each country and pursue joint development of cures or vaccines, which are essential to controlling the outbreak of infectious diseases; and
Fourth, to continue cooperation in ensuring the safety of citizens staying in both countries.

2. Furthermore, the two ministers shared the view that they would have intense discussion and cooperate on tackling the novel coronavirus as well as the various issues in the international community at the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting as well.

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