Japan, Australia Agree to Conclude Talks on Security Pact Early


Darwin, Australia, Nov. 16 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, agreed Friday to conclude negotiations early next year on a bilateral status of forces agreement to boost security cooperation.

The proposed pact is designed to define the legal status of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the Australian Defense Force in each other's country.

The two leaders witnessed the exchange of documents on strengthening bilateral maritime security cooperation.

"Japan and Australia will deepen their special strategic partnership in order to realize a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific," Abe told a joint press conference with Morrison after their summit meeting in Darwin, northern Australia.

Morrison said Australia aims to strengthen its cooperation with Japan to maintain maritime security.

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