Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen signed an agreement May 6 detailing areas where the alliance and Japan will work to deepen their longstanding partnership.
“Today we signed an agreement that will take this relationship a step further,” Rasmussen said. “It will bring our practical cooperation to a new level, including in the areas of counterpiracy, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.”
The Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme, signed during Abe’s visit to NATO headquarters in Brussels, will strengthen political dialogue and practical cooperation between the alliance and Japan. Abe also addressed a special session of the North Atlantic Council.
Rasmussen said there is no doubt that the security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic and Asia-Pacific regions are interlinked, pointing to the crisis in Ukraine. “In this time of crisis our dialogue with like-minded partners like Japan is key to address global security challenges,” he said.