Japan-Saudi Arabia Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On February 1st, commencing at 9:20 pm for 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Minister Hayashi expressed his intention to foster close ties with Minister Faisal to further strengthen the bilateral relationship with Saudi Arabia as a strategic partner. In response, Minister Faisal congratulated Minister Hayashi on his appointment as foreign minister.
- Minister Hayashi stated that Japan will support Saudi Arabia's efforts towards diversification of its industry through both public and private sector efforts under the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 framework. In response, Minister Faisal stated Saudi Arabia’s intention to further advance the cooperation with Japan. The Ministers shared the view to continue to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries in a wide range of areas.
- Minister Hayashi expressed his appreciation for the secure supply of oil from Saudi Arabia to Japan and stated that Japan seeks to cooperate with Saudi Arabia as it plays a leading role in the stabilization of the international oil market as a member of OPEC +. In response, Minister Faisal expressed that Saudi Arabia intends to continue its cooperation with Japan.
- The Ministers exchanged views on regional issues in the Middle East including the situation in GCC countries, Iran and Yemen, and Minister Hayashi strongly condemned the recent cross-border attacks by Houthis and conveyed Japan's commitment on making proactive diplomatic efforts towards easing tensions in the Middle East and stabilizing the situation. The Ministers shared the view that Japan and Saudi Arabia will continue close cooperation towards achieving the peace and stability of the Middle East.