Foreign Minister Hayashi will attend a four-country foreign ministers' meeting called Quad in Australia on the 11th with the United States, Australia and India.

He is expected to confirm cooperation in a wide range of fields, including infrastructure development and ocean security, with the aim of strengthening a free and open international order with China in mind.

The fourth quad foreign ministers' meeting will be held in Melbourne, Australia, on the afternoon of the 11th of Japan time, with Foreign Minister Hayashi in attendance.



The meeting will be pre-arranged for a prospective summit in Japan in the first half of this year.



In addition, in order to strengthen the free and open international order with China in mind, we expect to confirm cooperation in a wide range of fields such as infrastructure development and ocean security in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as support for the new corona.



At a press conference prior to departure, Minister Hayashi confirmed that he would further promote practical cooperation in a wide range of fields toward the realization of a "free and open Indo-Pacific", and on the regional situation in light of the harsh security environment. I also want to have a frank discussion. "



During his visit to Australia, Minister Hayashi will meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken individually, and is expected to exchange views on the situation in Ukraine, where military tensions continue.



In addition, on the 13th, we will meet with the foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea in Hawaii to discuss how to deal with North Korea, which repeatedly launches ballistic missiles.

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