Japan-Australia Summit Meeting
On June 13, commencing at 7:30 a.m. local time (at 3:30 p.m. JST) for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting over breakfast with the Hon Scott Morrison, MP, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia, who was visiting the United Kingdom in response to the invitation to attend the G7 Summit in Cornwall. The overview of the meeting is as follows. Approximately the last 20 minutes of the meeting was held only between the two leaders.
- The two leaders confirmed that they would deepen further cooperation between Japan and Australia in a number of fields toward realizing a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific." They also concurred on continuing to promote Japan-Australia-India-U.S. cooperation based on the outcome of the Japan-Australia-India-U.S. Leaders’ Video Conference in March. The two leaders also concurred on promoting cooperation with ASEAN and European countries.
- The two leaders affirmed their intention to steadily enhance security cooperation between their countries, and to raise the bilateral relations to a higher level. The two leaders also concurred that Japan-Australia cooperation in the economic field is important in taking the lead in responding to global issues. Furthermore, the two leaders welcomed the announcement of the "Japan-Australia Partnership on Decarbonisation through Technology" (Japanese (PDF) ／ English (PDF)) including supporting energy transitions in Asia and other regions, and affirmed the importance of enhancing the bilateral economic relations together in the public and private sectors.
- The two leaders shared strong opposition to the economic coercion and the continued and strengthened attempts to unilaterally change the status quo by force.
- The two leaders also exchanged their views on various issues in the region, including the response to North Korea, and concurred on continuing to work closely together.
- Prime Minister Morrison once again expressed his support for holding Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.