US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a Joint Statement in Tokyo, Japan on 25 April 2014. The US President Barack Obama is currently on a four-nation trip to Asia, his fifth as the US President.
According to the Joint Statement, the US and Japan emphasized the need to strengthen trilateral dialogue with India on a wide range of regional and global issues.
The agreement to strengthen trilateral cooperation with countries like India along with Australia and South Korea was a part of shared objectives of promoting peace and economic prosperity in the Asia-Pacific.
Both the countries agreed to strengthen trilateral cooperation in the areas of
- Maritime security in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific
- Development of an Indo-Pacific economic connectivity corridor among the countries in the region to enhance regional connectivity
- Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
The Joint Statement highlights are:
- It recognised that the US-Japan cooperation is essential in managing and responding to long-standing and emerging threats and challenges in Asia and around the world.
- It also highlighted the need to actively engage in promoting security of women and empowerment across the world. The US and Japan are actively supporting the UN Women Safe Cities Programme in New Delhi.
- The Delhi initiative is a part of the UN Women's Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women global programme, which aims at preventing sexual violence in urban public spaces through strategic alliances with communities, service providers and safety official while empowering women and girls.
- The US and Japan will work together to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue, support Middle East peace efforts, contribute to Afghan reconstruction, and improve the situation in Syria, including through the disposal of its chemical stockpiles.
- United States and Japan recognised that China can play an important role in addressing all of these challenges, and both countries reaffirm their interest in building a productive and constructive relationship with China.