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Leaders of Japan, Germany agree on importance of security in Europe, Indo-Pacific

NHK reported online this morning that visiting Prime Minister Kishida and German Chancellor Scholz met on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany on Sunday evening and exchanged views on Ukraine, climate change, and energy. Amid Russia’s months-long invasion of Ukraine, the two leaders reportedly agreed on the notion that maintaining security is essential for Europe and the Indo-Pacific region and agreed to continue to cooperate on the situation in Ukraine and toward realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific. They also reportedly agreed to make arrangements for a new government-level dialogue to be attended by the leaders of Japan and Germany and for “2+2” talks and to further strengthen bilateral security cooperation. The two leaders also agreed to work closely toward the holding of the G7 summit in Hiroshima next year.

 

The network said PM Kishida also met with his French counterpart Macron on Monday. According to the network, Kishida stressed that security in Europe and the Indo-Pacific region is essential and expressed hope for France’s continued and stronger engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. President Macron reportedly said he will strengthen cooperation between the two nations in various fields including security and economy.

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