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Kono to visit Middle East next month

  • November 28, 2017
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Mainichi wrote that Foreign Minister Kono is likely to visit Bahrain to deliver a speech at the annual Manama Dialogue on regional security to be held in the Bahraini capital from Dec. 8 – 10. He will also travel to the region in late December for separate discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian National Authority President Abbas on Middle East peace. The top Japanese diplomat may add Turkey to his regional itinerary.


Nikkei ran a similar story, noting that Kono will visit New York in mid-December to attend a UN Security Council meeting and call for stronger sanctions on North Korea as Japan is set to assume the council presidency next month. It added that since Japan’s Security Council membership expires on Dec. 31, the GOJ is afraid that Tokyo’s opinions may not be sufficiently reflected in council deliberations on the DPRK next year and later. Hence Kono is expected to urge the reform of the UN body so as to expand the number of permanent members to include Japan.

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