Japan-U.S. Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On August 31st, commencing at around 9:10 p.m. for approximately 30 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.
- At the outset, Secretary Pompeo expessed his wish towards Prime Minister Abe, as well as his appreciation of Prime Minister Abe’s contributions to strengthen the Japan-U.S. Alliance and advance a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” In response, Minister Motegi pointed out how the Japan-U.S. relationship had become significantly stronger under Prime Minister Abe and President Trump, and stated that Japan would continue efforts to strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance.
- The two ministers held a broad exchange of views regarding increasingly severe regional situations, including the East China Sea and the South China Sea, and pressing common issues of the international community, and they confirmed close collaboration under a robust Japan-U.S. Alliance.
- The two ministers exchanged views on the domestic situations, preventive measures, and cooperation among related countries on development of vaccines and therapeutics regarding the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).