Japan-Singapore Summit Telephone Talk
November 22, 2021
On November 22, commencing at 6:20 p.m. for 25 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his intention to forge close ties with Prime Minister Lee while referring to his visits to Singapore in the past. In response, Prime Minister Lee conveyed a message of congratulations on Mr. Kishida’s appointment as Prime Minister.
- Prime Minister Kishida stated that he would like to reinforce cooperation in fields of economy including green and digital, security, and tackling COVID-19. In response, Prime Minister Lee stated that he would like to strengthen cooperation with Japan to develop bilateral relations including coordination between Smart Nation Initiative of Singapore and a Vision for a Digital Garden City Nation Realization of Japan.
- The two leaders concurred on advancing concrete cooperation toward the realization of a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” and “ASEAN outlook on the Indo-Pacific ."
- The two leaders also exchanged views on regional affairs, and Prime Minister Kishida expressed his strong opposition to unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas. The two leaders also exchanged views on North Korea, and Prime Minister Kishida asked for understanding and cooperation on the abductions issue.
- The two leaders concurred on further coordinating toward the successful 2022 Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) Review Conference.