Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said in an address to the G7 countries that the world is experiencing a “historic turning point” due to the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the website of the Prime Minister’s office reports.
According to the head of the Japanese Cabinet, which will chair the association in 2023 and will also host the group’s summit in Hiroshima in May, the world is experiencing many global problems that need to be addressed.
“The challenges facing the international community include the global economy including energy and food security, regional affairs including Ukraine and the Indo-Pacific, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, economic security and global issues such as climate change, health and development. As the chair country, we will lead the leaders of the G7 to openly deepen discussions and clearly present ideas and plans for the future,” Kishida said.
Earlier, Japanese Permanent Representative to the UN Kimihiro Ishikane, who chaired the Security Council in January, noted the need to deepen the discussion on the Ukrainian crisis both in the Security Council and within the UN General Assembly. Japan also reported on the process of agreeing on the online participation of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the G7 summit.