Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the United States of America

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to the United States of America

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the United States of America from 24-25 September, 2001. During his stay in the United States, Prime Minister Koizumi visited the site of the attacks in New York and held talks with President George W. Bush. Prime Minister also met with Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York city and Governor George Pataki of the State of New York.

1. Schedule (24-26 September)

  • 9/24: Visit to New York, site of great damage from series of terrorist attacks.
  • 9/25: Summit meeting with President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C.

2. Summit Meeting

(1) Gist of remarks by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi

  • Regarding the series of terrorist attacks, he explained his consideration that Japan would actively tackle it as its own issue. He also gave an outline of the recently announced seven measures.
  • He mentioned the importance of diplomatic efforts to work on surrounding countries and other related countries.
  • He voiced Japan's intention that Japan would cooperate with the US and other countries in formulating the appropriate measures to avoid confusion in the world's economic system.

(2) Gist of remarks by President Bush

  • He praised the recent measures by Japan.
  • He mentioned that Japan and the US would cooperate in this new battle.
  • He added that Japan's contributions such as cutting off funding to terrorists, providing aid to refugees and extending assistance to Pakistan are also important.

(3) The leaders agreed to keep in close contact on subsequent response and to continue to work together to gain the understanding of the global community. In addition, President Bush mentioned that in consideration of the situation, his upcoming visit to Japan would be difficult to realize.

3. Visit to New York

(1) Talks with families of persons missing since the attacks

  • Prime Minister Koizumi issued words of condolence to the families and stated that the Government of Japan would do everything in its power to provide assistance to them.

(2) Visit to the site of the attack on the World Trade Center

  • Prime Minister Koizumi reaffirmed his strong indignation toward terrorism.

(3) Talks with Governor of New York State George Pataki and Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani

  • Japan was thanked for granting assistance and all agreed to cooperate in opposing terrorism.

(4) Meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan

  • Secretary-General Annan praised Japan for its prompt formulation of measures to respond to the situation.
  • Both agreed to cooperate closely to eradicate international terrorism. The two also exchanged views regarding Afghan refugees, economic cooperation and other issues.

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