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Japan, Australia to hold virtual summit on Jan. 6

NHK reported at noon that Prime Minister Kishida will hold a virtual summit with his Australian counterpart Morrison on Thursday, saying that final arrangements are underway for the two leaders to sign a Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA). The network said although Kishida was planning to visit Australia for a meeting with the Australian leader before the ordinary Diet session begins, he decided to forgo the visit in light of the COVID-19 infection situation.

 

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said at a press conference this morning: “Australia is a special strategic partner with which we share fundamental values such as freedom and democracy and work closely with under various frameworks, including the Quad. At the Japan-Australia virtual summit, the two leaders will hold candid discussions on our common issues, such as security, economy, and regional affairs, and confirm that we will further strengthen bilateral ties and deepen cooperation toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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