Top U.S. Officer Thanks Japan for Middle East Dispatch Plan


Tokyo, Nov. 12 (Jiji Press)--Gen. Mark Milley, the highest-ranking U.S. military officer, expressed gratitude on Tuesday for the Japanese government's plan to dispatch Maritime Self-Defense Force troops to the Middle East to collect information and ensure the safe navigation of vessels there.

Milley, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, conveyed his nation's appreciation to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo.

In the meeting, Abe and Milley agreed to strengthen cooperation between their countries to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Milley noted that he and Abe discussed the Japan-South Korea General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, which is due to expire on Nov. 22 following Seoul's decision to scrap the military intelligence-sharing pact.

After his meeting with Abe, Milley told reporters that on his visit to South Korea from Wednesday GSOMIA "will be a point of discussion."

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