[Provisional Translation]

Telephone Conversation between Prime Minister Taro Aso
And Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States

January 29, 2009
Japanese

  1. For about 10 minutes from 8:10 a.m. on Thursday, January 29 (JST), Prime Minister Taro Aso received a telephone call from Mr. Barack Obama, President of the United States and held a brief telephone conversation. The gist of the conversations is as follows (the telephone conversation was carried out in English).
  2. Prime Minister Aso congratulated President Obama on his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. President Obama expressed his gratitude for the Prime Minister's message.
  3. Prime Minister Aso and President Obama agreed to work hand in hand in 1) addressing the financial and global economic situations, 2) the fight against the terrorism and the situation in the Middle East, 3) tackling global issues including climate change/energy and the development of Africa, 4) securing the peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, through addressing issues such as the North Korean issues including the abduction issue, and further strengthening the Japan-U.S. alliance.
  4. Both sides agreed to make arrangements through the diplomatic channel to hold a summit meeting at an early date.

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