Liaison Meeting of the Government and Ruling Parties
On November 6, 2023, Prime Minister Kishida attended a Liaison Meeting of the Government and Ruling Parties at the Prime Minister’s Office.
In his opening remarks and on the topic of diplomacy, Prime Minister Kishida said:
“I visited the Philippines and Malaysia from November 3 to November 5. In the Philippines, we decided on the first cooperation project under the Official Security Assistance (OSA), which is a new cooperation framework established this year, and concurred on the start of negotiations on the Reciprocal Access Agreement (RAA) as well as on the reinforcement of Japan-U.S.-Philippines cooperation. At the Joint Session of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives, where I became the first Japanese Prime Minister to deliver a policy speech, I presented Japan’s basic policy on next-generation diplomacy towards Southeast Asia.
In Malaysia, I held the first Summit meeting with Prime Minister Anwar, during which we concurred to strengthen security and defense cooperation as well as economic cooperation including the improvement of the investment environment.
Next month, at last, Japan will host the Commemorative Summit for the 50th Year of ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations)-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Building on the friendly ties deepened during this visit, I will further deepen cooperation with ASEAN countries.”