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FM Motegi holds bilateral meetings with Australian, Indian counterparts

All national dailies wrote that Foreign Minister Motegi held separate bilateral talks with his Australian and Indian counterparts in Tokyo on Wednesday. Mainichi and Sankei wrote that they agreed to work together to achieve the vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific and strengthen security cooperation vis-à-vis China, which is increasing its economic and military presence. Yomiuri wrote that Motegi and Australian Foreign Minister Payne confirmed that their nations will continue discussions on joint exercises between the SDF and the Australian military with the goal of concluding a reciprocal access agreement at an early date. Asahi wrote that the two officials agreed to prepare for a visit to Japan by Australian Prime Minister Morrison. The paper also wrote that Motegi and Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar agreed to steadily move forward with the high-speed railway project using Japanese technology in India. Motegi asked for India’s cooperation in resolving the abduction issue, according to the daily.

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