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Australian Defence Minister to tour Japan stealth submarine

Published on Jun 6, 2014 3:03 PM
 

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Australian Defence Minister David Johnston will tour a Japanese stealth submarine when he visits Tokyo next week, his Japanese counterpart said on Friday, ahead of talks that could cement an agreement to cooperate in arms development. "We are planning to show Minister Johnston various military equipment including submarines," Itsunori Onodera told a news conference. "We want to build a more cooperative relationship with Australia."

Johnston will be the first foreign defence minister to tour the highly sensitive craft, a ministry spokesman said.

Johnston and Onodera will discuss cooperation next Wednesday in meetings that will include both foreign ministers.

The talks could yield an agreement similar to a deal struck between Japan and Britain last year that created a legal framework for closer cooperation on defence and security, Japanese officials close to the talks said.

 
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