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Japan-U.K. Summit Meeting (Overview)
June 17, 2013
(Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a meeting with Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, for approximately 50 minutes from 11:30 a.m. on June 17 (Monday local time) in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, where he was visiting to attend the Group of Eight (G8) Summit. An overview of the talks follows:
1. Opening Remarks
At the outset of the talks, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that having spoken with Prime Minister David Cameron on the phone several times after becoming prime minister in December, he has been looking forward to meeting his British counterpart in Lough Erne. After extending his congratulations on the U.K. hosting of the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland as an opportunity to demonstrate the successful achievement of peace there to the world, Prime Minister Abe said he wants to confirm the main topics of the G8 Summit and specific developments in Japan-U.K. relations.
Prime Minister Cameron said Japan is the most important partner for his country in Asia and as the chair of the G-8 Summit, the United Kingdom strongly welcomes Prime Minister Abe's participation in the Summit. He said he hopes to make it a success through cooperation with Prime Minister Abe.
2. G8-Related Discussions
Prime Minister Abe expressed his strong support of Prime Minister Cameron's emphasis on 3 Ts--taxes, transparency and trade--at the G8 Summit and explained the economic measures that have been taken in Japan. As for the Syrian situation, Prime Minister Abe said Japan will continue cooperation to bring about Syrian stability. The two prime ministers also exchanged views on the East Asian situation. Prime Minister Cameron expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Abe for his support of 3 Ts and said the United Kingdom strongly backs Japan's stance on the issue of abduction of Japanese citizens by North Korea.
3. Bilateral Relationship
(1) The two leaders welcomed specific progress that has been made in bilateral relations in the security and defense areas and reached agreement as follows:
- (a) In the wake of close bilateral cooperation in dealing with the recent terrorist attack in Algeria, the two countries should continue strengthening cooperation, recognizing the importance of international cooperation in counter-terrorism measures.
- (b) Having substantially reached agreements on a framework for defense equipment cooperation and on concluding a bilateral Information Security Agreement, Japan and the United Kingdom should aim to sign them soon. They should also conduct joint research on how to evaluate the performance of chemical protective clothing as a specific project for their defense equipment cooperation.
- (c) The two countries should continue cooperation in the cyberspace field.
- (d) They should devise future ways for high-level dialogue and exchanges between the two countries.
- (e) The two countries should study the installation of a video hotline between the two prime ministers' offices as suggested at this year's UK-Japan 21st Century Group meeting.
(2) After Prime Minister Abe explained Japan's economic measures, the two leaders reached an accord to cooperate in Japan-European Union (EU) negotiations on concluding an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) for further strengthening of economic relations between Japan and the United Kingdom. Specifically, they agreed to strive to create an environment that facilitates investment by Japanese businesses.