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US Deputy Secretary calls Japanese Vice Foreign Minister


Washington DC, 19 February 2024 (TDI): The US Deputy Secretary calls on the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister on February 16. The telephone conversation lasted for 20 minutes to discuss the importance of an open Indo-Pacific region.

The US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell issued a written statement that said, “Had a great call with my Japanese counterpart and friend Vice Foreign Minister Okano.

” We discussed our global partnership in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” he further added.

Moreover, the conference call between both leaders surrounded mainly three points; Vice Foreign Minister Okano extended his congratulations to US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell on his appointment as Deputy Secretary for which the latter offered his gratitude.

Secondly, the two sides shared views on the US-Japan partnership and a broad range of regional issues.

Thirdly, they agreed on continuing close cooperation with each other for the success of Prime Minister Kishida’s official visit to the US in April of 2024. It comes in due to the various challenges that the international society faces in current times.

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US-Japan bilateral relationship

In particular, the US Deputy Secretary telecons the Japanese Vice Foreign Minister which has resulted in a much more strengthened bilateral relationship.

Both countries have fundamental objectives in the Indo-Pacific, such as providing for a rule-based order, infrastructure development as a key economic driver, and enhancing QUAD Information Sharing and Capacity Building.

Additionally, they aim to update and strengthen the East Asia Summit and cultivate resilience against influence operations.

Notably, the US and Japan share immense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Both countries are interested in the future regional order based on the rule of law, transparent governance, secure sea lanes, high-quality development, and free and open routes.

Hamail Tahir
Hamail Tahir
A student of MPhil in Strategic Studies at National Defence University Islamabad (NDU). She is eager to understand the global changing dynamics and how states use their national interests to acquire regional hegemony. Her focus primarily lies in diplomatic and strategic initiatives during peace and conflict paradigms and can be reached at hamail.tahir@gmail.com

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