Prime Minister Suga had a telephone conversation with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, pointing out that the two countries are strategic partners who share basic values, and agreed to work together to realize a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In this, Prime Minister Rutte said, "The Indo-Pacific is becoming more important to Europe, including the Netherlands," and the Netherlands has developed its own guidelines for diplomacy in the Indo-Pacific region, including the response to China's arms race. I explained what I did.
In response, Prime Minister Suga pointed out that "Japan and the Netherlands are strategic partners who share basic values such as freedom and democracy, human rights, and the rule of law," and expressed their intention to welcome the formulation of guidelines. ..
The two leaders agreed to work together toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, strengthen cooperation in a wide range of fields including the economy, and respond to North Korea, including the abduction issue. We also agreed to cooperate in.