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4th Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial Consultations: Australia and Japan – cooperating for peace and stability

September 15, 2012

With Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, Japanese Defence Minister Satoshi Morimoto and Defence Minister Stephen Smith in Sydney on September 14, 2012

Yesterday, September 14, Defence Minister Stephen Smith and I met our Japanese counterparts, Foreign Minister Gemba and Defence Minister Morimoto, to discuss regional and global security issues and ways to advance security and defence cooperation between our two countries.

Australia and Japan are natural strategic partners sharing common values and interests. We share a common strategic objective of ensuring long-term peace, stability and prosperity in the changing strategic and security environment in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

To facilitate the achievement of that objective, Australia and Japan are committed to working even more closely on security and defence matters in the following ways:

• cooperation in the Asia-Pacific;
• cooperation on international security issues;
• bilateral defence cooperation;
• trilateral defence cooperation with the US; and
• consultation and information exchange.

Australia and Japan have a robust relationship and this 2+2 meeting reflected the strength of our bilateral ties.

Click here to read the joint communiqué for the 4th Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Minister Consultations.

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