Telephone Talk between Prime Minister Kishida and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed
September 12, 2022
On September 12, commencing at 5:40 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.R.H. Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- At the outset, Prime Minister Kishida stated that he is delighted to speak with Crown Prince Mohammed, following the telephone talks in February and March this year, and expressed his gratitude for the message of condolences from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed on the passing of former Prime Minister Abe. In response, Crown Prince Mohammed once again offered his condolences on the passing of former Prime Minister Abe. Both sides confirmed that they will carry on former Prime Minister Abe's legacy and further strengthen relations between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
- Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan attaches great importance to the relationship with Saudi Arabia as a strategic partner, as it plays a leading role among Arab and Islamic countries, and that Japan will fully support Saudi Arabia's economic and social reforms through the "Japan-Saudi Vision 2030." Both sides agreed to continue to work closely to further strengthen their strategic partnership, including active summit and ministerial-level meetings and visits.
- In addition, both sides had fruitful discussions on the crude oil market in light of the uncertainty in supply and demand situation in the crude oil market due to the situation in Ukraine and other factors. Prime Minister Kishida expressed his strong hopes for Saudi Arabia's leading role in stabilizing the crude oil market, and both sides agreed to further promote cooperation in stabilizing the crude oil market and in moving towards the realization of carbon-neutral through the use and promotion of clean energy.