Hiroshima, 20 May 2023 (TDI): Today, Secretary of the United States (US) Antony J. Blinken held a productive meeting with Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hayashi Yoshimasa, on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima.

The purpose of their meeting was to reaffirm the vital importance of the G7 and the ironclad US-Japan Alliance in promoting peace, security, and prosperity.

Secretary Blinken and the Foreign Minister of Japan engaged in constructive discussions on various key issues.

Economic cooperation and security were high on the agenda, as both leaders recognized the significance of fostering strong bilateral ties to bolster economic growth and regional stability.

They pledged to deepen cooperation in areas such as trade, investment, technology, and innovation, highlighting the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships that would benefit both nations and the international community as a whole.

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Moreover, enduring support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity was a topic of great concern for Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Hayashi.

Both leaders expressed their unwavering commitment to upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and emphasized the need for continued international cooperation in addressing the ongoing challenges in the region.

They pledged to work closely with their G7 partners to promote a peaceful resolution and support Ukraine’s democratic aspirations.

In the same vein, the importance of US-Japan-ROK trilateral cooperation was also underscored during the meeting. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Hayashi recognized the positive impact of trilateral collaboration on regional security, including countering shared threats and advancing common interests.

They expressed their commitment to strengthening trilateral ties and exploring opportunities for further cooperation on a wide range of issues, including denuclearization, maritime security, and humanitarian efforts.

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Also, human rights and democracy emerged as central themes during the discussions. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Hayashi emphasized the importance of promoting and protecting human rights globally, recognizing them as fundamental values shared by both countries.

They underscored the need for continued engagement and dialogue with international partners to address human rights challenges and promote democratic principles.

Thus, Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Hayashi concluded the meeting with a shared commitment to deepening the US-Japan Alliance and the G7’s role in advancing peace, security, and prosperity on a global scale.

Their discussions served to reaffirm the strong and enduring bond between the US and Japan, underscoring their shared values and vision for a brighter future.