TOKYO, Japan, January 22, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, had telephone talks with H.E. Mr. Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria, for about 15 minutes from 7:00 P.M. on January 21(Japan Time) concerning the hostage of Japanese nationals in Algeria. The overview of the talks is as follows.
Regarding the taking of foreign nationals, including Japanese citizens, as hostages, Minister Kishida again stressed to Minister Medelci that acts of terrorism were absolutely intolerable, that the recent incident was extremely despicable, and that it should be strongly criticized. He also requested the constant and close provision of information on the ten Japanese citizens whose wellbeing remained uncertain, and that Minister Medelci cooperate to the greatest extent with Mr. Minoru Kiuchi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was working to gather information in Algeria.
In response, Minister Medelci said that the Algerian Government wanted to continue to cooperate with the Japanese Government to the greatest extent, including by providing information and supporting Vice-Minister Kiuchi.