Japan eyes 2-plus-2 security talks with Philippines, India in April

Baku, March 31, AZERTAC

Japan is considering hosting separate talks with the Philippines and India next month involving their foreign and defense ministers to beef up security ties, diplomatic sources said Wednesday, according to Kyodo.

Arrangements are being made for Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi to hold "two-plus-two" meetings with their Philippine counterparts in early April, and their Indian counterparts in mid-April, both in Tokyo, according to the sources.

The officials are expected to share the view that no unilateral attempt to alter the status quo in the region should be tolerated, and to renew their pledge to promote a "free and open" Indo-Pacific region, the sources said.

Besides the Philippines and India, Japan has held two-plus-two security talks with the United States, Australia, Britain, France, Germany, Indonesia and Russia.

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