Edited by Jay and WLQF
The Japanese government said Friday that the foreign and defense ministers of Japan and Indonesia will hold “2+2” talks in Tokyo on March 30. Japan hopes to build closer ties with the Southeast Asian country in response to China’s expanding influence in the region.
According to Nikkei Asia, Japanese officials said the focus of next Tuesday’s meeting will be on whether the two countries can agree on progress toward an agreement authorizing Japan to sell domestically produced defense equipment to Indonesia.
The “2+2” meeting between Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimichi Mogi and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, as well as Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, will be the second between the two countries since December 2015.
The four ministers will likely examine issues related to maritime security collaboration between the two countries, the report said. The Japanese side said Tokyo and Jakarta will likely share the importance of implementing the U.N. decision to restrict Pyongyang from testing ballistic missiles after North Korea’s launch on Thursday in apparent violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution.