Japan, Australia Eye High - Level Security Meeting Late November


Japan, Australia eye high-level security meeting late NovemberJapan and Australia are making final arrangements to hold a meeting of their defense and foreign ministers possibly in late November, a Japanese government source said Sunday, with technological cooperation on submarines to be high on the agenda.

At the so-called "two-plus-two" meeting to be held in Australia, the Japanese ministers will also seek to build trust with the new Australian government led by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who in September ousted his predecessor Tony Abbott known for having close ties with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The upcoming talks, the sixth of their kind, follow the last ones held in June last year in Tokyo. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Defense Minister Gen Nakatani and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne are expected to attend the meeting.