Foreign Secretary James Cleverly’s Agenda
Seeking Stability in the Middle East
Arriving in Japan on Tuesday, November 7, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly is set to play a key role at the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting. Among the topics topping his agenda is the critical issue of the Middle East, with a strong emphasis on preventing further regional escalation and violence.
Indo-Pacific Commitment in Focus
In Tokyo, Cleverly will engage with his G7 counterparts, including the Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Yōko Kamikawa, to deliberate on the UK’s long-term commitment to the Indo-Pacific region, cementing their shared vision for the future.
G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
The G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting builds upon the earlier G7 Leaders’ Summit held in Hiroshima in May. At that summit, the participants reached a clear consensus, emphasizing the use of military, diplomatic, and economic tools in the Ukrainian counter-offensive.
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps’ Initiatives
Closer Security Partnerships
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps is not far behind, as he holds bilateral meetings with his Japanese counterpart, Minoru Kihara, focusing on strengthening security partnerships. Both UK ministers are set to join their Japanese counterparts for a combined meeting.
Promoting Stronger Security and Defense Ties
In the 2+2 meeting, they will delve into the prospect of closer security and defense ties and discuss their unwavering support for Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.
Strengthening UK-Japan Relations
Foreign Secretary Cleverly also plans to attend a reception aimed at enhancing relations between the people of the UK and Japan. As a part of this effort, the Youth Mobility and Working Holiday Schemes will expand by up to 500%, providing more opportunities for young people to experience and appreciate each other’s cultures and societies through travel, work, and life overseas.
Quotes from the Foreign and Defence Secretaries
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly stated,
“The UK and our allies are meeting to discuss the crisis in Israel and Gaza and avoiding further regional escalations. Alongside G7 partners, we’ll also be addressing other priorities ranging from Russia’s illegal war in Ukraine to climate change, economic security, and global trade.”
Defence Secretary Grant Shapps echoed these sentiments, saying,
“The UK and Japan share many closely held values, including an enduring commitment to freedom and democracy, and it is an honor to visit Tokyo during such a milestone year for our defense relationship. We will be driving forward progress on two major defense and security treaties, which will protect both our peoples and bring our nations closer together than ever before.”
Implementation of the Hiroshima Accord
Six months after the British and Japanese Prime Ministers agreed on the Hiroshima Accord, the UK and Japan have made substantial progress in its implementation. The Reciprocal Access Agreement is now in effect, allowing both nations to carry out more frequent, larger, and more complex joint exercises. Notably, VIGILANT ISLES 23 is scheduled for this November. Additionally, the UK and Japan have made significant strides in the realms of economics, trade, science, and technology. Their cooperation as members of CPTPP, strategic economic talks, AI commitments, and collaboration on critical minerals underscore the strength of their partnership.
Commitment to Support Ukraine
At the G7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting, the top agenda is the collective support for Ukraine to bolster its defense against Russia’s illegal invasion. The focus lies in strategically deploying international support from the UK and other G7 partners to assist Ukrainian forces in their pursuit of lasting peace.
The UK continues to stand alongside the Ukrainian government in the face of this assault on their sovereignty and territorial integrity. As part of the international community, they firmly oppose this naked aggression, championing freedom, democracy, and the sovereignty of nations worldwide.