Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Friday to strengthen ties and cooperate on the development of a resilient global supply chain in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
During a phone call, Abe and Merkel both expressed their support for the rules-based international order, and agreed to cooperate on supply chain issues, including through support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The two leaders also discussed the importance of cooperation between their countries on security issues, including the denuclearization of North Korea. Abe and Merkel agreed to work together to ensure the full implementation of relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.
In addition, they discussed the importance of the economic partnership between Japan and Germany and agreed to continue to work together to promote economic growth in the two countries.