Stronger Defense Link Drives Vietnam-Poland Relationship Forward
This comes on the heels of Japan’s PM Abe’s bilateral summit of June 17 2013, in which he agreed with PM Tusk on the following issues with respect to Political and Defense Exchange:
(1) At the beginning of the meeting, Prime Minister Abe expressed his joy at being able to visit Poland for the first time in 10 years as the Prime Minister of Japan. He noted that he would like to cooperate in every area with Poland, a leader of Central and Eastern Europe that shares basic values such as democracy, freedom and human rights with Japan. Prime Minister Tusk welcomed Prime Minister Abe to Poland and stated that he would like to work in cooperation with Prime Minister Abe towards the further development of long-term bilateral relations.
(2) The two leaders shared the view that they would strengthen defense cooperation between their countries, which have never come into conflict throughout history. Prime Minister Tusk expressed his intention to welcome a training squadron of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force, which will make a port call in Poland for the first time in August, and the leaders confirmed that they would collaborate for bilateral defense cooperation. Moreover, the two leaders agreed to hold the first conference between the defense authorities of Japan and Poland this autumn.
Poland also interacts with Japan on security issues through the Visegrad 4 – Japan format.