North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

April 18, 2024
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shakes hand with Mr. Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the NATO
(Photo) Meeting between Foreign Minister Kamikawa and NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg

On April 18, commencing at 6:55 p.m. (April 19, 1:55 a.m. JST) for approximately 25 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), during her visit to Italy for attending the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. Foreign Minister Kamikawa welcomed that NATO has turned its attention to the Indo-Pacific region in recent years and the momentum for the Japan-NATO cooperation has been growing. Minister Kamikawa also stated that the cooperation among like-minded countries is becoming increasingly important as it has been evident that the security of Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific are inseparable. Secretary-General Stoltenberg stated that the security of Asia and Europe are interlinked, that what happens in Asia matters for Europe, and what happens in Europe matters for Asia, and in this sense, Japan is an important partner for NATO.
  2. Regarding the cooperation between Japan and NATO, both sides confirmed the importance of further promoting concrete cooperation in the areas such as cyber, space, strategic communication and WPS based on the Individually Tailored Partnership Programme (ITPP).
  3. Both sides also exchanged views on Russia's aggression against Ukraine and regional situations in the Indo-Pacific, and confirmed the close coordination continuously on support for Ukraine and other areas.

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