Japan-Australia Relations

May 23, 2015
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)

On May 23, commencing at 1:56 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received a courtesy call from Hon. Julie Bishop, MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Commonwealth of Australia, who is visiting Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the 7th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM7). The outline of the call is as follows.

1. Prime Minister Abe welcomed Foreign Minister Bishop’s participation in PALM7, and expressed his gratitude for Australia’s cooperation in the Meeting. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his appreciation for the progress being made on the bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields, and looked forward to a visit of the Hon. Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia to Japan, scheduled for this year.

2. In response, Foreign Minister Bishop expressed her congratulations on the success of PALM7, stating that Australia would also like to continue cooperation with Japan for the stability and development of the Pacific Island countries. Furthermore, Foreign Minister Bishop expressed support for Japan’s policy initiatives, including its recent “Legislation for Peace and Security.”

3. Prime Minister Abe and Foreign Minister Bishop also shared the view that both sides would continue to closely communicate toward a successful visit of Prime Minister Abbott to Japan.

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