Japan-US Summit Telephone Call

July 2003

The following is an overview of a telephone call that took place between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and US President George W. Bush on July 28.

1. Regarding the Iraq issue, the two leaders had the following discussions:

(1) President Bush welcomed the enactment of the Special Measures Law on Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance for Iraq. He expressed respect for Prime Minister Koizumi's leadership toward the enactment of the law.

(2) In response, Prime Minister Koizumi made the following remarks:

(a) Enactment of the Special Measures Law on Humanitarian and Reconstruction Assistance for Iraq is part of the strengthening of the "Japan-US Alliance within the world" as we agreed on during the Japan-US summit meeting in Crawford, Texas. I hope that the day will come as soon as possible when the Iraqi people will establish their own government and be able to make their own efforts toward prosperity. Japan will play a role toward the International Conference on Reconstruction Assistance for Iraq to be held in October and will make efforts to further materialize Japan's assistance measures.

(b) It is important to ensure that reconstruction of Iraq leads to the stability of the Middle East region as a whole. I highly appreciate the courageous leadership that you [President Bush] are showing toward the successful conclusion of the Middle East peace process. Japan too, intends cooperate as much as possible in the Middle East peace process.

(3) The two leaders agreed to continue their close consultation and cooperation.

2. Regarding the North Korea issue, the two leaders had the following discussions:

(1) President Bush made the following remarks:

(a) We are urging North Korea through China to participate in dialogue. We consider that it is important to conduct the dialogue in a way that allows Japan and Republic of Korea to participate. We will keep you updated.

(b) I am encouraged by your [Prime Minister Koizumi's] leadership on the North Korea issue.

(c) The United States will continue to make efforts toward a peaceful solution.

(2) In response, Prime Minister Koizumi said that he was encouraged by President Bush's firm stance on the North Korea issue and that he wanted to continue the cooperation between Japan and the United States and among Japan, the United States, and Republic of Korea.

3. Regarding the Japanese economy:

Prime Minister Koizumi said that there were good signs and that he would continue his efforts toward reform with confidence. In response, President Bush said that it was important not only for Japan and the United States but for the whole world that the Japanese economy recovers under Prime Minister Koizumi's leadership and that he believed in the recovery of the Japanese economy.


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