Japan's Kishida explains treated water discharge to Turkey's Erdogan

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has explained to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the safety of the treated and diluted water being discharged from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Erdogan expressed his understanding of Japan's efforts.

The leaders met for about 50 minutes in India on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit.

Kishida explained that the International Atomic Energy Agency had released a report saying Japan's release plan is consistent with international safety standards. He also said Japan will continue to deliver related information in a highly transparent manner.

Erdogan said he is closely watching the IAEA's monitoring and reports.

They also discussed Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Kishida reiterated his view that any unilateral attempt to change the status quo by force is unacceptable.

He said it is vital for the international community to call in unison for maintaining and strengthening a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

Japan and Turkey will mark the 100th anniversary of their diplomatic relations next year.

The leaders agreed that they will work to strengthen bilateral ties.