Philip Hammond on trip to Japan as part of Far East tour


Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, is today in Japan as part of a tour of the Far East to promote British interests. He met with Fumio Kishida, the Japanese Foreign Secretary, to discuss a range of subjects including global trade and security.

Hammond said:

“I’m delighted to be in Tokyo for meetings with my counterpart Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and others. The UK values highly its strategic partnership with Japan, and the deep friendship between our peoples. Both of our countries have made a significant contribution to global peace and security over the last seventy years, based on our shared values. The UK and Japan have experienced first-hand the impact of Islamic terrorism and have a common interest in tackling this.

Countries like Britain and Japan must play their part in upholding the rules-based international system. I’m proud that the UK is the only country in the world to commit to spending 2% of our GDP on defence, and 0.7% on development. We will keep working together on the dangers we face, and the opportunities we share”.