LONDON: US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu in London.
Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Motegi emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Japan Alliance for promoting peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
The Secretary and the Foreign Minister also highlighted the importance of U.S.-Japan cooperation to address the global threats from COVID-19 and the climate crisis, while also advancing the free and open rules-based international order.
Additionally, Secretary Blinken and Minister Motegi shared their concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and reaffirmed their commitment to address and resolve these issues through U.S.-Japan-Republic of Korea trilateral cooperation towards denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The Secretary also reiterated the U.S. commitment to the immediate resolution of the abductions issue, and they discussed the urgent need to put Burma on the path back towards democracy and to hold the military junta to account.
Earlier, Secretary of State Blinken met with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.
Blinken and Foreign Minister Chung reaffirmed that the U.S.-ROK Alliance is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
The Secretary and the Foreign Minister highlighted the importance of U.S.-Republic of Korea cooperation to address the global threats of COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
Additionally, Blinken and Minister Chung stressed their commitment to work together to protect and advance shared security goals, including U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Also, Blinken spoke with Bruneian Foreign Minister II Dato Erywan Yusof on the margins of the G7 meeting.
Blinken and Foreign Minister II Erywan reaffirmed our countries’ longstanding friendship and cooperation and discussed issues of shared concern and priority, including economic ties, regional security, and human rights.
The Secretary noted the United States’ commitment to ASEAN centrality and ASEAN’s role in the regional architecture, adding that he looked forward to even greater U.S. engagement with ASEAN. Blinken and Foreign Minister Erywan also discussed ASEAN’s role in resolving the crisis in Burma.
The Secretary thanked Foreign Minister II Erywan for Brunei’s work as chair on this issue and urged ASEAN to hold the Burmese military junta accountable to the consensus plan.