Japan, France to hold 2-plus-2 security talks in mid-January

Baku, January 15, AZERTAC

Japan and France plan to hold virtual ministerial security talks in mid-January, according to Kyodo News.

The defense and foreign ministers of the two countries are expected to release documents after the two-plus-two talks, the first of their kind since the last session was held in France in January 2019, the sources said.

The upcoming talks will involve Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and their respective French counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Florence Parly.

Tokyo and Paris had initially planned to hold an in-person two-plus-two meeting in Japan by the end of 2021 but postponed it due to the coronavirus pandemic, lately fueled by the rapid spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Japan and France have generally taken turns hosting such meetings since their first session in 2014.

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