Kono, Arab leaders united over N. Korea

Jiji Press

Foreign Minister Taro Kono, right, attends a press conference in Cairo on Monday.

Jiji PressCAIRO (Jiji Press) — Japan and the 22-member League of Arab States issued a joint statement condemning North Korea’s nuclear tests and missile launches, in their first political dialogue on Monday.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono sought cooperation in preventing Arab countries from becoming loopholes in sanctions against North Korea.

The conference in Cairo was attended by foreign ministers and other officials from Japan and the league.

The day’s dialogue marks the first step to promote political cooperation further for common interests between Japan and Arab countries, Kono told a press conference.

This is the first time that the League of the Arab States has referred to North Korea in any joint document with a nonmember country or institution, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry source.

The latest statement highlighted the importance of reforming the U.N. Security Council and strengthening cooperation between Japan and Arab nations in the fields of education and human resource development.

Regarding North Korea, the statement underlined the need for implementing all relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions immediately and dealing with humanitarian concerns.

In a speech at the dialogue, Kono stressed Japan’s policy of boosting its political commitment in its relationships with Arab countries that have so far focused on economy and energy.

Kono announced fresh humanitarian aid worth $25 million to support countries to which many Syrian refugees have escaped.Speech

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