​In his message to the 2nd Worldwide Anglican Peace Conference meeting in Okinawa, Japan, on 16-22 April, Archbishop Justin Welby welcomed the wider Anglican Communion’s solidarity with the Korean people.

“Your gathering has come at the most needful time. We stand with you in solidarity with the people of Korea at this time of heightened tension. I applaud the commitment of the Anglican Communion to work with the Anglican Church of Korea in its dedicated mission towards peace in Korea. May the initiatives you pursue contribute to the breaking down of enmities and to the establishment of a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. Recent developments have shown how urgent this remains.

"I pray that the Lord may grant you the courage to keep faithful to this calling.”

He also expressed his concern for all those in Japan who continue to face the consequences of the earthquake and tsunami.

"I send special greetings to all in Nippon Sei Ko Kai, so very mindful of the tragic events of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster which affected the lives so many people. We stand with you as you face the continuing anxiety of nuclear fallout.”

The Archbishop was represented at the Conference by Bishop John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth in the Diocese of Peterborough which has a Diocesan Partnership with Korea.