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Secretary General welcomes Japanese Prime Minister to NATO Headquarters

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

06 Jul. 2017

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday (6 July 2017) for talks on the Alliance's cooperation with Japan and the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region.

Welcoming Prime Minister Abe to NATO headquarters, the Secretary General praised Japan's contributions to stabilisation efforts in Afghanistan, as well as its help to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia. Mr. Stoltenberg also welcomed Japan's contribution of staff officers to NATO, including to support work on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. He added that NATO and Japan can deepen cooperation on cyber defence and maritime issues.

The two leaders also discussed the North Korean threat. "North Korea must comply with its international obligations," said the Secretary General. He stressed that Pyongyang's ballistic and nuclear tests are a clear breach of UN Security Council Resolutions and "a threat to international peace and security."

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