Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi's Visit to Europe and Middle East
- Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, visited the United Kingdom (U.K.), Belgium, Afghanistan and Iran from April 28 (Sun) to May 6 (Mon).
- During her stay in the U.K., Ms. Kawaguchi exchanged views on the situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and other regions with Mr. Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary, and then on the Kyoto Protocol and the Johannesburg Summit (World Summit on Sustainable Development) with Mr. John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister. Minister also exchanged views with them on how to advance future cooperation between Japan and the U.K., with a view to strengthening bilateral relations.
- In Belgium, Ms. Kawaguchi exchanged views with Mr. Christopher Patten, Commissioner in charge of External Relations of the European Commission, and Mr. Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union/High representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) respectively, on the situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and other regions, as well as on the strengthening of Japan-EU relations including the implementation of the Action Plan for EU-Japan Cooperation.
- In Afghanistan, Ms. Kawaguchi had talks with leaders of the Interim Authority and visited sites where rehabilitation assistance for Afghanistan is being carried out. When meeting with the leaders, she urged them to implement the peace process on their own initiative as the holding of the Emergency Loya Jirga is approaching, and conveyed Japan's intention to assist Afghanistan to the government and people of the country.
- In Iran, Ms. Kawaguchi exchanged views with government leaders on the Afghan situation and cooperation on assistance for Afghanistan. She also conveyed Japan's support for Iran's reform policy and discussed how to strengthen bilateral relations, and urged them to play a constructive role in the international community on such regional or international issues as the Middle East peace process and the development of weapons of mass destruction.
- Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi's visit to Europe and the Middle East (Press Secretary's Press Conference) (May 10, 2002)
- Visit by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi to the Islamic Republic of Iran (Overview and Evaluation) (May 9, 2002)
- Visit to Afghanistan by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi (Overview and Evaluation) (May 2, 2002)
- Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi meets with Dignitaries of the European Union (Summary) (April 30, 2002)
- Visit to the United Kingdom by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi (April 30, 2002)
- Visit by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi to countries in Europe and the Middle East (Press Secretary's Press Conference) (April 26, 2002)
- Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoriko Kawaguchi on Her Upcoming Visit to Afghanistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran (April 25, 2002) [Summary] [Full Text]
- "Japan has important role to play in boosting M.E. peace process" by Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi (April 25, 2002)
|April 28 (Sun)||Morning||Departure from Tokyo|
|Afternoon||Arrival at London|
|April 29 (Mon)||Morning||Japan-UK Foreign Ministers' Meeting
Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister
|Afternoon||Departure from London
Arrival at Brussels
Meetings with the Commissioner for External Relations of EC,
and High Representative for the CFSP.
|April 30 (Tue)||Morning||Departure from Brussels|
|May 1 (Wed)||Morning||Arrival at Kabul
Inspection of the sites of Japanese Reconstruction Assistance
|Afternoon||Meetings with leaders of the Interim Authority|
|May 2 (Thur)||Morning||Meetings with leaders of the Interim Authority|
|Afternoon||Inspection of the sites of Japanese Reconstruction Assistance
Departure from Kabul
|May 3 (Fri)||Morning||Arrival at Teheran|
|May 4 (Sat)||Morning||Meetings with government leaders|
|Afternoon||Meetings with government leaders|
|May 5 (Sun)||Morning||Meetings with government leaders|
|Afternoon||Departure from Teheran|
|May 6 (Mon)||Afternoon||Arrival at Tokyo|
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