Meeting between the Defense Minister and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste

Defense Minister Tanaka shaking hands with Mr. Gusmâo, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Defense Minister Tanaka shaking hands with Mr. Gusmâo, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

On March 19, Defense Minister Tanaka and Mr. Gusmâo, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Security of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, held a meeting and exchanged views on bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges, among other matters.

Minister Tanaka expressed gratitude for the support Japan received from Timor-Leste in connection with the Great East Japan Earthquake. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of Timor-Leste, and the Minister expressed respect for the nation-building efforts of the country.

Prime Minister Gusmâo stated his appreciation for Japan’s dispatch of the Self-Defense Force units and others to the PKO in Timor-Leste.

Regarding bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges, both ministers agreed to promote cooperation toward nation-building through capacity-building support.

Prime Minister Gusmâo expressed his appreciation for Japan’s acceptance of students from Timor-Leste into the National Defense Academy of Japan. Minister Tanaka said he expected the students would contribute to nation-building efforts after returning to Timor-Leste and become a bridge between the two countries in the future.

Meeting between the Defense Minister and Philippine Ambassador to Japan

Meeting between Defense Minister Tanaka and Mr. Lopez, Philippine Ambassador to Japan
Meeting between Defense Minister Tanaka and Mr. Lopez, Philippine Ambassador to Japan

On April 10, 2012, Defense Minister Tanaka held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Lopez, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to Japan.

At the meeting, the two sides concurred on coordinating closely in response to the launch of the missile, which North Korea calls a “satellite.” They also exchanged views on bilateral defense exchanges. Defense Minister Tanaka requested continued cooperation on defense exchanges, and introduced that since this fiscal year the Ministry of Defense and Self-Defense Forces had started full-fledged capacitybuilding assistance for the defense forces of relevant countries and the related organizations. Ambassador Lopez expressed his appreciation for the Japanese effort that National Defense Academy of Japan has been accepted students from the Philippines.

Bilateral defense exchanges have developed steadily through frequent visits of naval vessels and meetings between defense authorities. In the Japan-Philippines Joint Statement which was issued between the leaders of the two countries in September 2011 as well, both sides have concurred on promoting exchanges and cooperation between their defense authorities.

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