Telephone Talks between Prime Minister Taro Aso and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

March 29, 2009

Prime Minister Taro Aso and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown held a telephone conversation for about 20 minutes from 8:30 p.m. on March 29, 2009 (JST). The summary of the conversation is as follows:

  1. At the outset, Prime Minister Aso said it was important to send a positive message at the forthcoming London Summit (Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy) to be held on April 2, and expressed his willingness to continue to work closely with Prime Minister Brown, who would be a chair of the summit.
  2. In response, Prime Minister Brown said it was important to strengthen the financial base of the IMF, when the world was facing a lack of funds needed for emerging and developing economies. In this respect, Prime Minister Brown praised the leadership of Japan, which was ahead of other countries in concluding an agreement for a loan of a maximum of 100 billion US dollars to the IMF.
  3. Prime Ministers Aso and Brown agreed that it was necessary for Japan and the UK to work closely for a success of the London Summit, and agreed that they would continue their discussion in London.
  4. On the subject of North Korea, both sides agreed that North Korea should refrain from taking action that would undermine peace and stability in the region. They also agreed that if North Korea went ahead with the launch, it would violate the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and that it should be discussed in the United Nations Security Council.

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