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Japan-Romania Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

March 11, 2024

On March 11, commencing at 4:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Luminița Teodora ODOBESCU, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania. The overview is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister KAMIKAWA expressed her gratitude for Romania's solidarity shown after the Noto Peninsula earthquake, and stated that she was pleased to have the telephone call one year after the signing of the "Joint Statement on the Establishment of the Strategic Partnership between Japan and Romania".
  2. On the situation in Ukraine, Minister KAMIKAWA emphasized that the unity of like-minded countries is more important than ever to support Ukraine, and explained the Japan’s efforts for "Japan-Ukraine Conference for Promption of Economic Growth and Reconstruction," held on February 19. Minister KAMIKAWA also explained its Women, Peace and Security (WPS) session, hosted by herself and mentioned that it was still vivid in her memory that she attended the WPS Focal Point Network High-Level Side Event last September, which was chaired by Foreign Minister ODOBESCU, and Minister ODOBESCU expressed her high appreciation for Minister KAMIKAWA's WPS-related efforts. The two ministers then agreed to work together on the support for Ukraine and WPS.
  3. Minister KAMIKAWA also mentioned that she was pleased to see the two countries sharing values and principles such as freedom and democracy have achieved a lot in the last year in order to realize the strategic partnership between them.The two ministers exchanged views on regional and international affairs and then agreed to continue to work closely to strengthen the bilateral cooperation as strategic partners.
(Reference2) WPS Focal Points Network

The WPS Focal Points Network is the largest network on WPS in UN member countries to share lessons learned and good practices. In addition to governments, regional organizations such as NATO, OSCE, AU, and ASEAN also participate in the network; as of September 2023, a total of 100 members from 90 countries and 10 regional organizations are the participants.

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