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Israel, Japan Sign Defense Cooperation Agreement in Tokyo

August 31, 2022

by: JNS

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Israel’s Minister of Defense Benny Gantz (left) and Japan’s Minister of Defense Yasukazu Hamada signed a “Memorandum for Defense Cooperation” agreement in Tokyo.

Wednesday, 31 August 2022 | Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Japanese Minister of Defense Yasukazu Hamada signed a “Memorandum for Defense Cooperation” at the Japanese Ministry of Defense on Tuesday.

The agreement will enable the respective countries to widen defense, strategic and military exchanges.

The ministers celebrated the signing, which comes on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to an Israeli government statement.

“In Israel, our troops serve in the Israeli Defense Forces—IDF—because our mission is to defend our people,” said Gantz, who is the first Israeli defense minister to travel to Japan over the past decade.

“Minister, our countries share this common goal—defending our homes, seeking peace and stability. Cooperation between Israel and Japan in developing technology and sharing knowledge will enable us to achieve our common vision.”

He added: “Global stability is threatened by Iran’s nuclear program and malign activities. I have just returned from a visit to our close, shared ally—the United States, where I discussed the nuclear agreement with Iran. This threat requires a united international front led by the US.”

Gantz, who arrived in Japan on Monday, met with senior officials in the Japanese government, including Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, National Security Advisor Takeo Akiba and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Minister Gantz also held a meeting with US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emmanuel.

Posted on August 31, 2022

Source: (Excerpt of an article originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on August 30, 2022. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Ariel Hermoni/IMOD/jns.org

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