Australian and Japan Foreign and Defence Ministers' Meeting in Sydney, NSW.
(L to R) Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Mr Koichiro Gemba, Japanese Minister of Defense, His Excellency Mr Satoshi Morimoto with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Bob Carr and the Australian Minister of Defence, the Hon Stephen Smith, MP.
Together with Foreign Minister Carr, Defence Minister Stephen Smith led the Australian delegation to the Fourth Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial ("2+2") consultations.
Australia’s bilateral defence and security partnership with Japan is growing in strength. Australia’s "2+2" consultations with Japan are the first formal Foreign and Defence Ministerial consultations that Australia entered into in Asia.