August 19, 2022
Ministry of Defense
On August 19, Defense Minister Hamada and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Marles held a telephone conference. The summary is as follows.
At the outset, Minister Hamada offered his greetings as a new Defense Minister and Minister Marles congratulated Minister Hamada for his appointment.
In addition, the two ministers affirmed they would continue to vigorously promote bilateral defence cooperation and exchanges in order for Japan-Australia defence cooperation to make contribution even more proactively to upholding and reinforcing the Free and Open Indo-Pacific while maintaining communication between the defense authorities.