Abe, Macron Agree To Step Up Security Cooperation

Abe, Macron agree to step up security cooperation

The leaders of Japan and France have agreed to strengthen security cooperation with the aim of realizing a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday.

Abe said Japan wants to work with France, noting they are both Pacific nations as France has territories in the South Pacific.

The leaders agreed to step up security cooperation, including the expansion of joint drills between Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the French military.

They also confirmed that it is important to fully implement the sanctions on North Korea based on UN Security Council resolutions, and to pave the way for denuclearizing the North and resolving the issue of the abductions of Japanese nationals by the North.

They agreed to work to prevent North Korea from evading the sanctions.

Abe pledged to take up the issue of simultaneously achieving economic growth and correcting economic disparities at the G20 summit that Japan will host next year.

The leaders confirmed that both countries will work together to lead the discussions, as France will host the G7 summit in 2019.

Abe and Macron also agreed that a visit to Japan by the French president should be arranged at an early date.