Tokyo, 17 April 2023 (TDI): Secretary of the United States (US), Antony J. Blinken met with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Hayashi Yoshimasa on the sidelines of the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.
The meeting took place in the context of Ukraine’s ongoing struggle against Russia’s war of aggression, and both Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister of Japan Hayashi expressed their enduring support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
During the meeting, Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the vital importance of the G7 and the strong US-Japan Alliance in promoting peace, security, and prosperity globally.
He congratulated Foreign Minister Hayashi for the recent progress on Japan-ROK bilateral relations and emphasized the importance of trilateral cooperation among the US, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in maintaining a free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
“The US and Japan share a deep commitment to upholding the rules-based international order and promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” Secretary Blinken said.
“We are grateful for Japan’s leadership as the current G7 President and look forward to the G7 Leaders Summit in Hiroshima,” he further added.
In response, Foreign Minister Hayashi expressed his appreciation for the US continued support for Japan’s efforts to maintain regional stability and promote international cooperation.
Furthermore, he also highlighted the recent progress in Japan-ROK bilateral relations and the importance of trilateral cooperation with the US to address regional challenges.
Likewise, Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister of Japan also discussed other regional and global issues of mutual concern, including cybersecurity and climate change.
They agreed on the importance of coordinated efforts among like-minded countries to address these challenges and uphold shared values.
As the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting continues, Secretary Blinken’s meeting with Foreign Minister Hayashi underscores the strong partnership and alliance between the US and Japan in addressing global challenges and promoting peace, security, and prosperity.
In a nutshell, the US remains committed to working with its allies and partners, including Japan, to advance common interests and values in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world.
The G7 is a forum of seven of the world’s largest advanced economies – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) that meet annually to discuss global economic and political issues.
For the record, the G7 was founded in 1975 and has since expanded its agenda to include a wide range of global challenges, from climate change and energy security to cybersecurity and global health.
Also, the G7 countries account for approximately 40% of global GDP and are influential in shaping global economic and political trends.