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G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
(Overview of the Working Lunch on “Cooperation with International Partners”)

November 8, 2023

On November 8, commencing at 12:50 p.m., Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, hosted a working lunch on “cooperation with international partners”, for approximately 65 minutes. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. At the working lunch, wide-ranging discussions on cooperation with international partners were held. At the outset of the session, Minister Kamikawa stated that strengthening the outreach to international partners is one of the priorities under the Japanese Presidency this year.
  2. Following this, the G7 Foreign Ministers were able to agree on the importance of maintaining and strengthening the free and open international order based on the rule of law as well as unilateral attempts to change the status quo should not be accepted anywhere in the world. Also, the G7 Foreign Ministers commit to further building international solidarity beyond the G7 to address broader global challenges, such as climate change, nuclear disarmament, and gender equality including the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
  3. At the end of the working lunch, Minister Kamikawa reminded that Japan, the Presidency of this year, had held the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 5 times in person, and we were able to deepen our discussion not only on Ukraine and the Middle East but also on the Indo-Pacific. Minister Kamikawa stated that she would like to fulfill the duties of the Presidency until the end of the year and then hand over this year's achievements to Italy, which will take the Presidency next year.

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