First Joint Foreign Affairs and Security Consultation between Japan and Israel (Pol-Mil Dialogue)
October 10, 2018
1. On October 9, 2018, the first politico-military dialogue was held between Japan and Israel (Pol-Mil Dialogue).
2. On the Japanese side, the dialogue was attended by the Director General of the Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hiroshi Oka; the Director General for International Affairs of the Bureau of Defense Policy in the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Hideo Suzuki; and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and the National Security Secretariat. On the Israeli side, the dialogue was attended by the Deputy Head of the National Security Council (NSC), Mr. Eytan Ben-David; the Head of the Political-Military Bureau in the Ministry of Defense, Mr. Zohar Palti; the Head of the Political Affairs Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Alon Ushpiz; and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense and NSC.
3. The dialogue was decided to be established at the summit between Prime Minister Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Prime Minister Abe's visit to Israel on May 2, 2018.
4. The meeting dealt with a wide range of issues, including regional situations and security issues.