New Delhi, 4 March 2023 (TDI): United States (US) Secretary of the State, Antony Blinken discussed bilateral and regional issues with the Foreign Minister of Japan, HayashiYoshimasa following the Quad Foreign Ministers’ meeting in New Delhi.

The two sides exchanged views on strengthening multilateral cooperation in response to global challenges as well as issues related to security, economic development, and trade.

US Secretary reaffirmed the strong and enduring US-Japan alliance, and both sides expressed their commitment to work together closely to promote peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

The two Ministers also agreed to strengthen the collaboration among the Quad countries (US, Japan, India, and Australia) to address global challenges.

They also discussed the importance of deepening dialogue and cooperation with other countries in the Indo-Pacific region, including China.

They further discussed ways to strengthen collaboration to address North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and other regional security issues.

Both leaders expressed their shared commitment to work closely to stimulate global health security, climate change, food security, and other sustainable development goals.

Strengthening coordination in international forums, including the United Nations Security Council and G7 was also highlighted to promote shared values and interests.

The two officials noted their shared commitment to democracy and human rights, including the importance of upholding international law.

Furthermore, they endorsed to make efforts for promoting transparent and accountable governance, rule of law, and inclusive economic growth.

US Secretary and the Japanese Foreign Minister acknowledged the importance of collaboration in the digital space to ensure secure and accessible digital infrastructure.

This will help to protect data privacy and security, promote the responsible and safe use of technology, and combat malicious cyber activities. At last, both affirmed their shared commitment to a free, open, and resilient Indo-Pacific region.

They also expressed their support for the full-scale and effective implementation of relevant international law.

In a nutshell, they searched for ways to promote real and lasting change in North Korea, address the root causes of instability in the region, and encourage all countries to act in accordance with international law.