Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
July 23, 2021
On July 23, commencing at 9:35 a.m. for 40 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ telephone talk with the Honorable Antony Blinken, Secretary of State of the United States of America. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Secretary Blinken wished for the success of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, whose opening ceremony was to be held soon. In response, Minister Motegi extended his heartfelt welcome to Dr. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States of America, who he greeted at the airport, and the U.S. team.
- The two ministers exchanged their views on a broad range of issues, such as the outcomes of Minister Motegi’s visit to Central American and Caribbean Countries, the situation in Cuba, regional issues including China, and global issues such as COVID-19. Furthermore, both sides confirmed that Japan and the U.S. would continue to take the lead and cooperate with like-minded countries in strengthening the Japan-U.S. Alliance and realizing a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”