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Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, who also holds the title of defense minister, discussed with Japan’s defense minister cooperation in defense fields and security of marine traffic, Saudi state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Minister Taro Kono discussed, in a phone call, regional security issues and efforts to ensure the security and safety of maritime traffic, SPA said.
According to the Japan Ministry of Defense, Minister Kono stressed the importance of close communication, peace, and stability to allow for navigation of Japan-related vessels in the Middle East.
Teleconference with His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and Defense Minister. pic.twitter.com/OLsMPgGOA0— KONO Taro (@konotaromp) September 8, 2020
Minister Kono and His Highness Crown Prince Mohammed shared their views on JSDF information gathering activities in the Middle East, bilateral cooperation, and current regional security, JSDF reported.
In January, during talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed support for Japan’s mission in the Middle East and reiterated Saudi Arabia’s backing of Japan’s efforts.
Japan and Saudi Arabia have opted to work alongside one another to maintain stability.
In February, the Maritime Self-Defense Force dispatched destroyers on rotation as part of a surveillance mission, the vessels purpose was to gather information regarding suspicious activity on the high seas in the northern Arabian Sea and share it with the United States and other countries.
Maritime Self-Defense Forces have dispatched destroyers, including the Takanami, to Middle East waters in an effort to gather information, and secure sea lane safety in the region amidst tension.
The MSDF mission was also intended to ensure the safe return of Japanese personnel.
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