Opening remarks - Australia-Japan Bilateral Meeting

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister

PRIME MINISTER: Prime Minister, it is wonderful to meet with you again after we met on the sidelines of the G20 and to be able to continue to discuss our joint operational and security cooperation. The defence relationship is so strong and I was able to welcome the Chief of your Navy along with other people who were in Sydney Harbour at my residence during the Operation Malabar that took place earlier.

Australia continues to be a reliable supplier of energy for Japan, and our cooperation on energy security, and action on climate change, is so important as we go forward. And our cooperation as members of the Quad is particularly important and I look forward to getting together again early next year for our Quad Leaders’ Summit.

And I thank you for your personal friendship. We have been a very good relationship. The relationships between Australia and Japan have never been stronger, as emphasised by cooperation across economic issues, critical minerals, our engagement is very comprehensive including on defence and security relations. It's great to be with you again today. I thank you.