Japan-UK Summit Telephone Talks: Leading Role in International Order-Making after Corona’s End

Japan-UK Summit Telephone Talks Lead role in international order-making after corona’s end September 2 at 9:06 p.m.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with British Prime Minister Johnson by telephone and said that “security and defense cooperation between Japan and the United Kingdom has deepened dramatically,” and agreed that the two countries will play a leading role in the development of an international order that looks ahead to the end of the new coronavirus infection.
The telephone talks were held at the offer of the British side in response to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s resignation.

In this, Prime Minister Johnson said, “I sincerely regret my resignation. I would like to express my respect for the great achievements made in the international world and thank you for the strengthening of Japan-UK relations under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.”

In response, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his appreciation for the cooperation, noting that “the two countries have become the closest security partners in Asia and Europe in recent years, and security and defense cooperation has deepened dramatically, including the call and joint training of British Navy vessels, and the response to North Korea’s ‘set-up’.”

On that basis, the two Prime Ministers agreed that the two countries would play a leading role in responding to the new coronavirus, promoting free trade, and building an international order in an eye to the end of the infection, and that an early conclusion of the Japan-UK Economic Partnership Agreement was necessary.

After this, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also met with King Abdullah of the Middle East and Jordan by telephone.

King Abdullah said, “We are both pleased to have been able to work on the development of bilateral relations and issues in the Middle East. We appreciate the contribution.”

In response, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, referring to his two visits to Jordan, expressed his gratitude for the results of the dramatically developed strategic partnership between the two countries and their cooperation so far.