Abe, Abbott Agree on Tighter Security Ties

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Abe, Abbott Agree on Tighter Security Ties


Prime Minsiter Shinzo Abe described Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a "special partner" as Japan and Australia agreed to reinforce bilateral security ties.

At their summit meeting Monday, Abe and Abbott also reaffirmed their nations' support for the U.S. policy of "rebalancing" its diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region. The leaders of the two countries, both allies of the United States, also confirmed that they will deal with security issues in the region under a trilateral framework between Japan, Australia and the United States.

Abbott was invited as a guest to a special meeting of the National Security Council, which was created in December, held at the Prime Minister's Office ahead of the summit meeting. He became the first foreign leader to be invited to the council's four-minister meeting, comprising the prime minister, the chief cabinet secretary, and the defense and foreign ministers.

At the one-hour meeting, Abbott exchanged opinions on Asia-Pacific regional circumstances with Abe, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.

Abe said that Japan and Australia share universal values such as freedom and democracy, as well as strategic interests of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Abbott said that he was honored to be selected as the first foreign leader to attend a meeting of the Japanese NSC, and that he hoped to strengthen cooperative relations with Japan further. …

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