Members of the United Nations will gather next week for the General Assembly in its headquarters at the Big Apple. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will be part of the Japanese delegation led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kishida said during a conference in Friday that he intends to discuss the issues in Syria with other foreign ministers at the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.
“I hope to discuss with the foreign ministers from each of the countries the Syrian affairs, which are currently an important issue in the international community, and seek their understanding of Japan’s positions on regional affairs and global issues,” said Kishida during the conference. He was referring to his counterparts from Australia, Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, and Iran. Kishida might also confirm bilateral coordination with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.
As the United States and Russia came to an agreement to bring Syria’s chemical weapons under control, Japan wants to assert its role in helping keep security in the trouble-torn country. During his speech at the General Assembly in New York, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to pledge $10 million in aid for Syria. On Kishida’s part, it is expected that he will meet with Mohammad Javad Zarif, the foreign minister of Iran, a country is also known to possess nuclear weapons. Kishida will also be attending multilateral events in New York, including a meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative and also the Post-Millennium Development Goals meeting, which will be discussing the international development agenda beyond 2015.
[via Global Post]
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