Japan, France to cooperate on security in Indo-Pacific

Jiji Press PARIS (Jiji Press) — Foreign Minister Taro Kono and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed Friday that their countries will strengthen security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

During his courtesy call on Macron, Kono stressed that Tokyo will work closely with Paris on a wide range of international issues, according to Japanese officials.

Macron responded that France will continue dialogue with Japan.

The two agreed on the importance of fully enforcing U.N. Security Council sanctions resolutions against North Korea.

They discussed alleged financial misconduct involving former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn, according to Japanese officials with access to the meeting.

Kono and Macron did not touch on allegations of bribery over Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, according to the Japanese officials.

In a separate meeting, Kono and French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian agreed to bolster cooperation between the two nations toward Group of 20 and Group of Seven summits later this year. In 2019, Japan serves as G20 chair, while France holds the G7 presidency.Speech

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