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Courtesy Call on Minister Hayashi by Sir Stephen Lovegrove, National Security Adviser of the United Kingdom

May 25, 2022
Minister Hayashi and Sir Lovegrove who shake hands with each other facing straight at the camera
The state of Courtesy Call on Minister Hayashi by Sir Lovegrove (meeting style)

On May 25, commencing at 0:15 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, received a courtesy call from Sir Stephen Lovegrove, National Security Adviser of the United Kingdom, who is visiting Japan. The overview is as follows.

  1. Minister Hayashi stated that the Japan-UK relationship is very close and robust, and that important cooperation is underway, particularly in the field of security and defence. He also stated that the security of the Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific regions is indivisible and he would like to further promote cooperation with the UK in collaborating as the G7 to address various issues including the situation in Ukraine, in dealing with regional situations, including China and North Korea, which again launched missiles on May 25, as well as in realizing a "free and open Indo-Pacific".
  2. In response, Sir Lovegrove said that Prime Minister Kishida's visit to the UK earlier this month was a great success. He also applauded Japan's efforts in dealing with the situation in Ukraine. Moreover, he pointed out that the UK will continue to promote its engagement in the Indo-Pacific and Japan is a very important partner in this regard, and that he would like to continue to work together on security and defence issues, including the Japan-UK Reciprocal Access Agreement and the Future Combat Air System.

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