Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III held a phone call with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi today, underscoring American support for the U.S.-Japan Alliance and emphasizing its role in maintaining a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.
Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby provided the following readout:
Secretary Austin congratulated Minister Kishi on a successful opening ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and discussed his trip to Southeast Asia. Secretary Austin and Minister Kishi concurred on the need to continue strengthening U.S.-Japan Alliance cooperation to address an increasingly uncertain regional security environment. Secretary Austin and Minister Kishi further agreed to build on the momentum generated by their March “2+2” meeting to build closer defense cooperation in the months to come.