Japan, U.K. set to enhance security ties

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The Japanese and British governments will likely enhance bilateral security cooperation next month by reviewing their “action plan” to include among other aspects the development of a new type of medium-range missile, sources said.

The two countries are expected to come to an agreement at a two-plus-two meeting of their foreign and defense ministers slated for April 8 in Tokyo.
 It will be the fourth time for Japan and Britain to hold the meeting and first since December 2017. Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya are expected to have talks with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson.
 The action plan on security cooperation was formulated when Japan and Britain held their third two-plus-two talks in 2017. The action plan includes cooperative measures in a number of fields including those related to technical collaboration in defense equipment and international peace cooperation activities. However, details have not been disclosed. The two nations will review the plan for the first time.


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