Japan says keen to deepen security ties with Philippines, US, Australia

July 8, 2024 - 1:17 PM
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Japan Defence Minister Minoru Kihara and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. shake hands as they pose for a photo with Japan Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa, Philippine Defence Minister Gilberto Teodoro, and Philippine Foreign Minister Enrique Manalo following signing of the reciprocal access agreement, at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, July 8, 2024. (Reuters/Lisa Marie David)

 Japan is keen to deepen security ties with the Philippines, the United States and Australia under trilateral and quadrilateral arrangements, its defense minister said on Monday.

Defense Minister Minoru Kihara spoke in Manila during a joint press conference with his Philippine counterpart after Japan and the Philippines signed a reciprocal access agreement for their defense forces.

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Japan’s foreign and defense ministers are in Manila for talks with their Philippine counterparts in a “two-plus-two” format on Monday.

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—Reporting by Mikhail Flores; Editing by John Mair