PH and Japan to reaffirm strategic ties at Tokyo talks – Manila Bulletin

PH and Japan to reaffirm strategic ties at Tokyo talks

The Philippines and Japan are expected to reaffirm their decades-long strategic partnership at the inaugural meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Tokyo on April 9.

DFA (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The inaugural encounter, which is also dubbed 2+2, was agreed upon by President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio during their tele-summit in November 2021.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the 2+2 is the logical continuation of the deepening of political and security cooperation between the two countries.

It is envisioned to be a “key element in strengthening the decade-old strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan”.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana will lead the Philippine delegation.

They are due to meet with their Japanese counterparts to discuss how the two countries can work together amid growing complexity in the regional and international security environment.

“The close ties between the two countries spanning six decades now continue to extend to various areas of cooperation and have resulted in the enhancement of the Philippines’ maritime law enforcement capabilities, enhanced maritime domain awareness and a strengthening of counter-terrorism, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR), among other areas,” the DFA said.

Japan is only the second country with which the Philippines has a similar mechanism after the United States.

The meeting is expected to lay the foundation for the two sides’ security partnership over the next decade.

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