Security forum like OSCE would be useful in E. Asia: Swiss president

Swiss President Didier Burkhalter told Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Tuesday that a regional framework similar to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe would be useful in East Asia.

In a meeting in Tokyo, Kishida thanked Burkhalter, whose country holds the OSCE chair this year, for his interest in East Asian security, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Kishida was quoted as saying Japan would like to cooperate with Switzerland in promoting nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation toward the goal of a world without nuclear weapons.

Burkhalter, who doubles as foreign minister, hailed Japan's commitment to nuclear disarmament, the ministry said.

Kishida also called for close coordination between the two countries in making progress toward reform of the U.N. Security Council as the United Nations will mark the 70th anniversary of its founding in 2015, the ministry said.

Burkhalter, who is on a visit to Japan to mark the 150th anniversary this year of diplomatic relations between the two countries, will hold talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday.