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The UK and Japan finalized the security agreement during Kishida's visit to London

The UK and Japan finalized the security agreement during Kishida’s visit to London

(File) Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (L) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (R) are attending the NATO summit in Brussels on March 24, 2022.

During Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s visit to London, the United Kingdom and Japan are set to sign a security agreement to strengthen ties in the Indo – Pacific region and discuss measures to reduce Russia’s dependence on hydrocarbons.

He and his British counterpart Boris Johnson are expected to finalize a “mutual access agreement” which will “allow Japanese and British forces to work together, train and operate together, strengthening the UK’s commitment to maintaining Indo – Pacific and further peace.” Security, ”the British government said in a statement issued on Wednesday (4) evening.

“The UK will be the first European country to sign such an agreement with Japan,” Downing Street said.

To mark the close ties between the two countries, Johnson and Kishida will watch the flight of three Royal Air Force aircraft and review the honor guard.

The prime minister will also talk about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the environment, including the transfer of energy to provide alternatives to Russia’s oil and gas, the British government said.

London is also planning to appoint Greg Clark, the new trade ambassador to Japan, as Britain negotiates a comprehensive and progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (CPTPP).

The visit will also include a taste of food from the Fukushima area, marking the end of London’s lifting of last-minute restrictions on the area affected by the March 2011 nuclear accident.

Amid rising tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea, Japan and the United Kingdom are among the 14 countries sending troops in August for the annual military maneuvers of Indonesian and US forces on the archipelago of Sumatra and the island of Borneo. Area for commercial shipping.

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To counter Chinese claims, the United Kingdom signed a security agreement with the United States and Australia in the Indo-Pacific region, known as Aukus.


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