About the Japan-Canada Defense Minister Telephone Talks

November 25, 2020 (Google Translation) – We would like to inform you that the marking has been carried out as follows:

A telephone conversation was held between Defense Minister Kishi and the Canadian Defense Minister for about 40 minutes from 10:00 on November 25, 2020.

At the beginning, the Canadian Minister of Defense expressed his congratulations to Minister Kishi for his inauguration, and Minister Kishi expressed his gratitude.

The two Ministers exchanged views on the regional situation including North Korea and the East China Sea and South China Sea, and reaffirmed that they will continue to work closely together. In it, Minister Kishi is still dispatching assets to monitor illegal maritime activities that violate UN Security Council resolutions, despite the difficulties Canada faces with a new coronavirus infection. In addition to praising this, the Ministers continue to work towards the realization of a complete, verifiable and irreversible destruction (CVID) of all weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles of all ranges by North Korea. I reconfirmed my intention to work together.

In addition, the two ministers will maintain communication between the two countries in light of recent events in the region, and strongly oppose any attempt to change the status quo against the background of power and any action that raises tensions. We agreed by sending a clear message. The two Ministers emphasized the importance of all countries fully complying with the international law reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), including freedom of navigation and flight.

In addition, the two Ministers discussed cooperating in the following efforts to address the risks of infectious diseases that could affect peace and security.

● Sharing lessons learned from humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HA / DR) activities under the epidemic of new coronavirus infection
● Seeking new opportunities to promote third-country cooperation to enhance coping capacity against the spread of infection What to do
● To share information and exchange opinions to strengthen the international order based on the law, including coping with false information in the situation of the spread of the new coronavirus infection,
from Minister Sajan After obtaining their consent, there was a suggestion that they would like to work together.

In addition, the two Ministers welcomed the continued cooperation between the two countries, such as the participation of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Japan-Canada joint training “KAEDEX” and the Japan-US joint exercise “Keen Sword”, and continued to maximize such opportunities. I confirmed that it will be utilized in.

The two Ministers agreed that they will continue to maintain close communication between defense authorities and continue to actively promote defense cooperation and exchanges to maintain and strengthen the “free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Finally, Minister Kishi was invited to visit Canada when the travel restrictions associated with the new coronavirus infection were lifted.

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