Kishida, Macron reaffirm cooperation for success of Hiroshima G7 summit

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and French President Emmanuel Macron have agreed the two nations will work closely to ensure the success of the upcoming Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima.

The two leaders met at the Elysee presidential palace in the French capital, Paris, on Monday local time.

Kishida told Macron that he wants the summit, scheduled for May, to be a forum where G7 nations can express their resolve to uphold a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

He also said the meeting will give the G7 countries a chance to show their commitment to strengthening strict sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, as well as their strong support for Kyiv.

The Japanese prime minister added that global issues, including energy and food security problems, will also be discussed at the Hiroshima summit.

On the security front, Kishida explained that his government revised three key security documents last month to comprehensively reinforce its defense capabilities.

Kishida and Macron confirmed that the two nations will promote security cooperation through joint drills and other measures. They also agreed to seek "two-plus-two" talks between the foreign and defense ministers of the two nations by mid-2023 to deepen security cooperation.

The two leaders shared a view that attempts to change the status quo by force in the East China and South China seas should never be tolerated and reaffirmed the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.