Kishida will be the first Japanese prime minister to attend the NATO Leaders’ Summit

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has announced that he will attend the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Spain at the end of the month.
At a press conference, Prime Minister Kishida announced that he will attend the 48th G-7 Summit in Germany on June 26-28 and the NATO Summit in Madrid on June 29-30.

The Japanese Prime Minister said that at the NATO summit he would “emphasize that attempts to change the status quo by force anywhere in the world will not be accepted” on behalf of his country.

If Kishida attends the summit, it will be the first time a Japanese Prime Minister attends a NATO Leaders’ Summit.

Japan, which plans to increase cooperation with the West against unexpected events in the Indo-Pacific, may raise the issue of strengthening coordination with the US and European countries at the summit.

Australia, New Zealand and South Korea are among the “partner countries” from the Asia-Pacific region invited to the NATO Summit.

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“The longest-standing non-Euro-Atlantic partner”

Last week, Admiral Rob Bauer, Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, and General Yamazaki Koji, Chief of the Japanese General Staff, met in Tokyo and agreed to strengthen bilateral relations.

They discussed the possible repercussions of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine on the Indo-Pacific and agreed to strengthen bilateral relations to promote global security.

Noting that Japan is the 30-member military alliance’s “longest-standing partner outside the Euro-Atlantic region”, Bauer described the Tokyo government’s contributions to the alliance as “vital”.

“European and Indo-Pacific security are inseparable,” General Yamazaki said at the meeting, adding that his country and NATO’s “strengthened cooperation is indispensable for world peace and stability.”


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