☷Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan s Meeting with Secretary General of Japan s National Security Secretariat Akiba Takeo
White House ( By Press Release office)
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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met today with Akiba Takeo , the Secretary General of Japan’s National Security Secretariat , to discuss preparations for the President’s upcoming trip to the Republic of Korea and Japan . Mr . Sullivan commended Japan’s strong response to Russia’s brutal and unjustified further invasion of Ukraine , including financial sanctions , export controls , and humanitarian and defense assistance for Ukraine and they agreed to continue working closely together on the international response to Russia’s aggression . Secretary General Akiba welcomed the President’s visit to Tokyo , noting that it would send a strong signal to the region and beyond about the U . S . commitment to the Indo - Pacific . The two agreed that the meeting between the President and Prime Minister Kishida is an opportunity to affirm the strength of the U . S . - Japan alliance , take steps to strengthen deterrence in the region , and advance our shared vision of a free and open Indo - Pacific . Mr . Sullivan highlighted the importance of the second in - person Quad Leaders Meeting as a key event in demonstrating that the Quad is delivering results for the people of the region . ###
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