Telephone Talks between the Foreign Ministers of Japan and the United Kingdom

March 12, 2009

For about 25 minutes from around 6 p.m. on March 12, 2009 (JST), Minister for Foreign Affairs Hirofumi Nakasone and UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband held a telephone conversation. The summary of the conversation is as follows:

  1. At the outset, Secretary Miliband praised Japan's recent contributions, including the provision of funds to the IMF and assistance to other Asian countries. He also stated that it was important that Japan and the UK continue to work together toward the success of the London Summit (Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy), and the leaders of the G20 countries should join forces to send a unified message stating that they were committed to a recovery of the global economy.

    In response, Minister Nakasone expressed Japan's wish to cooperate closely with the UK for a successful outcome of the London Summit and also emphasized the importance of sending a strong message against protectionism. Minister Nakasone also touched on the TICAD Ministerial Follow-up Meeting to be held in Botswana, both on the 21st and 22nd of April, and expressed his hope that the expectations of and inputs by African countries would be reflected in the London Summit.
  2. Minister Nakasone asked Secretary Miliband for high-level participation from the UK in the Pakistan Donors Conference and the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Group Ministerial Meeting to be held in Tokyo in mid-April. In response, Secretary Miliband stated that the UK was committed to supporting Pakistan and praised Japan's contributions to the country.
  3. Finally, both sides welcomed this opportunity to exchange views and agreed that they would continue to work together to address global issues.

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