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Japan-Finland Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

November 20, 2020

On November 20, commencing at around 3:20 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Pekka Haavisto, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland. The overview of the talk is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Motegi welcomed the realization of many high-level visits and the advancement of bilateral relations between Japan and Finland, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations last year. Minister Motegi also stated his desire to cooperate with Finland, as the strategic partner sharing fundamental values, for the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific,” and Minister Haavisto concurred.

  2. The two Ministers also shared the view to work closely on the international issues such as climate change and international health issues.

  3. Furthermore, the two Ministers held an exchange of views regarding the peace process in Afghanistan, bearing in mind that the ministerial conference on Afghanistan will be held from 23th to 24th November in Geneva. Minister Motegi expressed his respect to the Government of Finland for co-sponsoring the ministerial conference with the Government of Afghanistan. The two Ministers shared the view to continue to cooperate for peace and security in Afghanistan.

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