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Courtesy Call by Mr. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs

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1. On June 14 (Thu), Mr. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, on his visit to Japan, paid a courtesy call on Mr. Taro Aso, Minister for Foreign Affairs, for about 15 minutes from 18:20.

2. At the outset of the talks, Mr. Holmes mentioned that Japan would host the G8 summit next year and the TICAD IV, and said he expected Japan to make the most of its accumulated knowledge and experience in humanitarian assistance and disaster-management activities to make an active contribution in these areas. After that, he exchanged opinions with Mr. Aso on the situation in Africa.