Sources knowledgeable on the matter said the so-called two plus two talks will be held in the Japanese capital, likely between late November and early December.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly are due to travel to Tokyo for the first talks of this type since 2019.
Photo shows (left to right) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and their French counterparts Florence Parly and Jean-Yves Le Drian in Brest, France, January 11, 2019 (Kyodo )
Setting the stage for the two plus two meeting, a working dialogue between the Japanese and French foreign ministries and defense officials was held in Tokyo on Tuesday.
In July this year, then Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and French President Emmanuel Macron met and affirmed enhanced security cooperation to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific in the light. China’s military strengthening and asserted territorial claims in the region.
The Japanese Self-Defense Forces held a joint exercise in Japan in May involving the United States, Australia and France to strengthen the defense capability of remote islands.