Japan and Great Britain agree on the principle of a defense pact

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his British counterpart Boris Johnson have agreed in principle on a pact that would facilitate bilateral defense cooperation.

The two leaders met Thursday in London.

The Japan-UK Reciprocal Access Agreement sets out procedures for joint exercises between Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the British Army. Kishida and Johnson have expressed hope that he will be signed soon.

The two leaders shared the view that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is shaking the foundations of the international order.

They reaffirmed that the Group of Seven countries and the wider global community should continue to impose sanctions on Russia and support Ukraine.

Kishida and Johnson recognized the importance of economic and energy security, which is threatened by the invasion. They agreed to cooperate more with each other and with the other G7 countries in this area.

The two leaders agreed that security in Europe, the Atlantic and the Indo-Pacific are inseparable in light of the conflict in Ukraine and China’s growing assertiveness.

They both expressed the view that unilateral attempts to forcibly change the status quo cannot be tolerated.

And they reaffirmed the need for closer bilateral cooperation to help achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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