Abe Wants Tighter Japan-France Maritime Security Cooperation
Paris, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his country's willingness on Wednesday to strengthen maritime security cooperation with France.
"The two countries' cooperation is more important than ever as the international order is being challenged," Abe told a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, apparently referring to China's maritime expansion.
"We hope to work together for the further prosperity of a free and open Indo-Pacific region," Abe stressed.
Macron pointed to the issue of keeping a balance and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, reflecting his country's strong interest in sea lanes including in the South China Sea as it has Pacific territories including New Caledonia and Tahiti.
Abe expressed hope that Japan and France, as flag-bearers of free trade, will cooperate to show leadership by putting the Japan-European Union economic partnership agreement into force at an early date.
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