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Sixth Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue
July 26, 2016
On July 25, commencing at 7:50 p.m. (local time) for approximately 50 minutes, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, held the Japan-United States-Australia Trilateral Strategic Dialogue (TSD) with Mr. John F. Kerry, Secretary of State of the United States of America, and Ms. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, in Laos. The overview of the meeting is as follows. A joint statement was also issued.
1 General remarks
Minister Kishida, who chaired the meeting, expressed his happiness for being able to hold the TSD for the first time in approximately three years, noted that the severity of the security environment in the Asia-Pacific region has intensified over that three-year period, and explained that he hopes to make the solidarity between Japan, the United States and Australia stronger than ever before. The ministers held an in-depth discussion on the South China Sea, the East China Sea, North Korea and counter-terrorism, and concurred that the three countries will cooperate and coordinate closely, including with regard to these issues.