Japan Defence Minister Minoru Kihara meets with Philippine Defence Minister Gilberto Teodoro during a bilateral meeting, at a hotel in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 8, 2024.
Japan Defence Minister Minoru Kihara meets with Philippine Defence Minister Gilberto Teodoro during a bilateral meeting, at a hotel in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, July 8, 2024. REUTERS/Mikhail Flores

Japan Seeks Stronger Security Ties with Philippines, US, Australia

Japan is keen to deepen security ties with the Philippines, the United States and Australia under trilateral and quadrilateral arrangements, its defence minister said on Monday.

MANILA (Reuters) - Japan is keen to deepen security ties with the Philippines, the United States and Australia under trilateral and quadrilateral arrangements, its defence minister said on Monday.

Defence Minister Minoru Kihara spoke in Manila during a joint press conference with his Philippine counterpart after Japan and the Philippines signed a reciprocal access agreement for their defence forces.

Japan's foreign and defence ministers are in Manila for talks with their Philippine counterparts in a "two-plus-two" format on Monday.

(Reporting by Mikhail Flores; Editing by John Mair)

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