MEETING WITH FOREIGN LEADERS

Japan–Poland Defense Ministerial Meeting

On March 15, Defense Minister Onodera met Minister for National Defence Siemoniak of Poland, and exchanged views on bilateral defense relations, among other matters.

Mr. Onodera started the meeting by welcoming the first visit to Japan by Polish National Defence Minister, and expressed his appreciation for Poland’s support in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Mr. Siemoniak stated that the two countries share common values, including human rights and democracy, and expected that his visit to Japan would further promote their bilateral defense exchanges.

Both sides exchanged their views regarding their respective regional situations, and concurred that the two countries will continue to closely monitor the situations and exchange views.

Mr. Onodera expressed his pleasure at the realization of the first defense ministerial meeting between the two countries, and proposed to hold military to military consultations between the defense authorities, in order to discuss such topics as the regional situations and bilateral defense exchanges. The two sides concurred to continue to hold high-level exchanges and exchanges between defense units.

Visit to the MOD by National Defence Minister of Poland
Visit to the MOD by National Defence Minister of Poland
Defense Minister Onodera and National Defence Minister of Poland
Defense Minister Onodera and National Defence
Minister of Poland

Meeting with then Deputy Defence Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

On March 27, Defense Minister Onodera met then Deputy Minister of Defence HRH Khaled bin Sultan of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the Ministry of Defense.

Mr. Onodera started the meeting by recalling the favorable bilateral relations that the two countries have developed, in particular, the economic relations. Mr. Onodera also expressed his hope to further deepen bilateral relations in the area of defense exchanges. Mr. Khaled expressed his admiration towards the Japanese people for responding with discipline and overcoming the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Touching on the fact that bilateral defense cooperation and exchanges have taken place particularly actively among their navies, the two sides agreed to continue to pursue opportunities to build dialogue at the working level with regard to promoting defense cooperation and exchanges.

Furthermore, the two sides exchanged views on the regional situations, including East Asia and the Middle East, and concurred that they will continue to closely monitor the situations and exchange views.

Exchanging views with then Deputy Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia
Exchanging views with then Deputy
Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia
Defense Minister Onodera and then Deputy Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia
Defense Minister Onodera and then Deputy
Minister of Defence of Saudi Arabia
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