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Japan-Denmark Summit Meeting

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Photograph of Prime Minister Abe shaking hands with Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen Photograph of the Japan-Denmark Summit Meeting

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a meeting with Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Denmark.

At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe welcomed Prime Minister Rasmussen's second visit to Japan and expressed his wish for both prime ministers to be able to further deepen their relations during this visit. In response, Prime Minister Rasmussen congratulated Prime Minister Abe on his assumption of office as Prime Minister of Japan, and expressed his hopes for strengthened bilateral relations in the area of business and for a visit to Denmark by Prime Minister Abe at an early date.

In addition, the two leaders discussed a wide range of themes such as the reinforcement of ties between Japan and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the context of NATO's commitment to promoting people-to-people exchanges with its external partners; reconstruction activities in Iraq; and countermeasures for terrorism in Afghanistan. The two leaders also referred to the latest Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, in which member countries presented strong messages calling for the resumption of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round and agreed that they would make concerted endeavors to address the abduction issue and the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear test. They also discussed United Nations reform, energy, the environment, and other issues, and confirmed their bilateral cooperation in those areas.