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Defence in the Media: 15 December 2017

Defence news today includes the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary meeting their Japanese counterparts, and the Chief of the Defence Staff's annual lecture at the Royal United Services Institute.

UK and Japan Defence relationship

International media outlets today report that the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary yesterday met their Japanese counterparts at Greenwich Naval College, a building that symbolises the historic maritime links between the two countries, to strengthen security and defence cooperation.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:

Japan is one of our closest partners in the Asia Pacific region and as tension grows on the Korean peninsula, our relationship is vitally important.

2018 will mark the year UK and Japanese forces work even more closely together, with two of our Royal Navy frigates visiting the country and UK troops training on Japanese soil for the very first time.

Read more on this here.

Chief of the Defence Staff lecture 

There is widespread media coverage today of Chief of the Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach’s annual lecture at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Watch the Chief of the Defence Staff's lecture on the RUSI website.

High Court ruling

There is reporting today of a High Court ruling on the cases of four Iraqi civilians.

An MOD spokesperson said:

Our military personnel served with great courage in Iraq, often working under extremely difficult circumstances. We note the Court’s ruling that these four detainees were not treated as they should have been, and are studying the judgment.

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The Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary met their Japanese counterparts at Greenwich Naval College. Crown copyright.
The Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary met their Japanese counterparts at Greenwich Naval College. Crown copyright.

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