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Secretary Blinken, FM Motegi confirm close cooperation

NHK reported this afternoon that Foreign Minister Motegi, who was reappointed to his role under the Kishida Cabinet, held a telephone conference with Secretary of State Blinken for about 15 minutes this morning. The network said that during the call, which was held at the request of the U.S. side, Secretary Blinken congratulated Motegi on his reappointment as foreign minister, to which Motegi responded by saying: “The importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance remains the same under the new government. I hope to continue to work closely based on the relationship of trust we have built.” The network added that the two ministers also exchanged views on North Korea and China as well as climate change and confirmed continued cooperation toward a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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