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Foreign Minister Kono to visit South Asia

  • December 10, 2017
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei wrote that arrangements are being made for Foreign Minister Kono to visit Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and India in early January as part of the Abe administration’s diplomatic initiative of creating a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region. The top Japanese diplomat is hoping to reduce these nations’ dependence on China.   

In a related development, several Sunday papers took up Kono’s speech in Bahrain on Saturday at the Manama security dialogue, in which he reiterated Tokyo’s position of seeking Middle East peace based on the coexistence of Israeli and Palestinian states.   

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