Foreign Secretary Inam-ul Haq told a briefing that Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Ryozo Kato, who visited Pakistan and India last week, had discussed the issues in relation to the agenda for the forthcoming G-8 summit
Japan will chair the G-8 summit
in the Lake Toya resort area in Hokkaido in July.
Spokesman Zhu Bangzao told a regular press conference that China "has made clear on many occasions that it has no intention to attend the G-8 summit
and other related activities.
For Abe, who desperately needs to pull himself out of a slump in public support back home with only a month to go before a crucial House of Councillors election, the G-8 summit
proved to be a precious opportunity to raise his profile both domestically and internationally.
The 1999 Cologne Charter, adopted at the G-8 summit
in Germany last June, called on the G-8 members to promote education to meet the challenges of globalization and employment opportunities.
Japan intends to hold the foreign and other ministerial meetings of the Group of Eight nations, which Japan will host next year, in areas that failed in their bids to host the G-8 summit
such as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, and Niigata, government sources said Tuesday.
The Japanese government is considering compiling the views put forward by the forum leaders as a package of suggestions to respond to the negative aspects of globalization, for discussion at the G-8 summit
, the official said.
Japan is to host the G-8 summit
July 21-23 next year in Okinawa.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is scheduled to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 15 before the G-8 summit
Dubai- Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to sign a statement at G-8 summit
calling for establishment of a "transitional government" in Syria as quickly as possible but the final communique would not set a deadline on forming a new body with executive powers.
The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to exchange perspectives before the G-8 Summit
The President looks forward to discussing these issues with the Prime Minister, to include Syria, trade and economic cooperation, countering terrorism, and priorities for the upcoming G-8 Summit
in Northern Ireland", he added.