PH and Japan consider meeting of defense and foreign ministers

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 18) – President Rodrigo Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio have expressed their desire for “deeper security engagement and coordination” by considering a Foreign Affairs and Defense or 2 + 2 ministerial meeting.

During a phone call, the two leaders discussed a multitude of issues relating to the coordination of maritime security efforts, support for the country’s infrastructure programs and the situation in Myanmar, according to the president’s office.

Duterte said he looks forward to projects aimed at enhancing cooperation between the two countries in maritime security, such as maritime domain awareness, connectivity and preservation of the marine environment.

He also acknowledged Japan’s support for the government Build, Build, Build program, the peace process in Mindanao and the ongoing transition of the Bangsamoro region.

Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement on the 25-minute conversation, saying Kishida is committed to continuing to support the infrastructure development of the Philippines, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforcement. of maritime law.

The ministry added that Kishida had expressed opposition to changing the status quo in the East and South China Seas. The two leaders also discussed cooperation to achieve a “free and open Indo-Pacific” – which aims to open up the region as an “international public good” – and “ASEAN Prospects for the Indo-Pacific. Pacific “, which aims to promote an environment of peace, stability and prosperity in the region.

They also discussed working closely with North Korea, in particular its “kidnappings issue” and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Duterte congratulated Japan on adopting its draft resolution on the elimination of nuclear weapons submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, the ministry said.

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