Saudi, Japanese Defense Ministers Discuss Security Cooperation

Agencies Arab News31.07.2023 Asia
Saudi, Japanese Defense Ministers Discuss Security Cooperation

Saudi, Japanese Defense Ministers Discuss Security Cooperation

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The Saudi and Japanese Defense Ministers met in Tokyo Monday to discuss ways to bolster security cooperation.

Prince Khalid bin Salman held talks with his Japanese counterpart Hamada Yasukazu at Japan’s Ministry of Defense offices in the capital city.

Hamada outlined his country’s defense strategy and said Japan sought to strengthen its existing links with Saudi Arabia while working to reinforce its security capabilities, Arab News reported.

Prince Khalid highlighted current issues affecting the region, Saudi and Middle East defense policies, and major initiatives being undertaken as part of a Saudi Ministry of Defense transformation program.

The Ministers also discussed defense equipment and technology cooperation and committed to establishing closer military-to-military communication channels.

The Saudi delegation attending the meeting included General Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Chief of Staff of the Kingdom’s Armed Forces, Dr. Khaled bin Hussein Al-Bayari, Assistant Minister of Defense for Executive Affairs, Nayef Al-Fahadi, the Saudi Ambassador to Japan, Hisham Abdulaziz bin Saif, Director General of the Defense Minister’s Office, and Major General Misfer Messarreb Al-Ghamdi, Head of Strategic Planning for the Saudi Armed Forces.

Japanese attendees included General Yoshida Yoshihide, the country’s Chief of Staff, Miura Jun, Director General for International Affairs, and Ashizuka Osamu, Director of the Indo-Pacific regional policy division. 



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