G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
(Overview of the “Indo-Pacific” Session)
On November 8, commencing at 11:30 a.m., Ms. KAMIKAWAYoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, hosted the “Indo-Pacific” session, for approximately 70 minutes. The overview of the talk is as follows. (Attended by the G7 Foreign Ministers and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.)
- At the outset of the session, Minister Kamikawa noted that Japan would like to discuss the Indo-Pacific which is one of the top priorities under the Japanese Presidency this year, following the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the occasion of the UN General Assembly in September.
- Following this, Minister Kamikawa explained recent developments in the Indo-Pacific, and held a candid exchange of views with the other G7 Foreign Ministers on various challenges in the region, and the G7 Foreign Ministers shared the view that the unity of the G7 is extremely important to this end.
- Regarding China, Minister Kamikawa explained recent situationincluding relations with China, mentioning the importance of direct dialogue. Following this, the G7 Foreign Ministers reaffirmed once again that they recognize the importance of engaging candidly with and expressing our concerns directly to China, acknowledging the need to work together with China on global challenges as well as areas of common interest.
- Regarding North Korea, Minister Kamikawa stated that Japan remains seriously concerned about North Korea’s intensified nuclear and missile activities. The G7 Foreign Ministers strongly condemned North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile launches as well as arms transfers from North Korea to Russia, which directly violate relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Furthermore, the G7 Foreign Ministers once again expressed their support for the immediate resolution of the abductions issue.