Abe Urges JCG to Be "Compass" for World's Coast Guards

Politics

Darwin, Australia, Nov. 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underscored on Saturday morning the importance of the Japan Coast Guard strengthening ties with its foreign counterparts to reinforce international legal maritime order.

In a speech before some 20 crewmembers of the JCG patrol vessel Echigo, which was making a port call in Darwin, northern Australia, Abe urged them to be the "compass for coast guards in the world" to help make seas "peaceful and bountiful."

Abe then pointed out that the JCG can contribute to the development and strengthening of international maritime order by steadily implementing cooperative programs with maritime safety agencies of other countries.

"I hope you'll embody the rule-based 'free and open Indo-Pacific' concept, which our country is promoting, in seas around the globe," he said.

The Echigo, which belongs to the 9th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Niigata, has been sent to Australia and the Philippines since Oct. 30 in a one-month-long antipiracy mission.

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