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Japanese defense minister, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander agree to strengthen alliance

NHK reported on Thursday evening on a meeting between Defense Minister Iwaya and the U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander, Adm. John Aquilino, at the Defense Ministry earlier in the day at which they agreed to further strengthen the bilateral security alliance. Iwaya stressed the importance of broad collaboration between the Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Navy, while Aquilino called for promotion of bilateral cooperation to realize a free and open Indo- Pacific through joint naval exercises and other activities. NHK said the U.S.’s call for a coalition to patrol the Strait of Hormuz was not discussed at the meeting.


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