TOKYO: Mohammad Ahmad Al Bawardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, and Tomohiro Yamamoto, Japanese Minister of State for Defence, have signed a joint cooperation agreement in security and defence affairs.

The agreement aims to exchange cooperation and defence expertise to support and develop strategic relations between the two countries and work to increase coordination in the security, equipment and defence technology fields.

During his visit to the Japanese Defence Ministry in Tokyo, Al Bawardi emphasised the deep ties between the UAE and Japan, which are witnessing great strategic development thanks to the support and guidance of the leadership of the two countries.

Al Bawardi said that the agreement represents a new qualitative shift in the friendly relations between the two countries, especially in the defence and security sectors.

Al Bawardi also met with Suzuki Yoshiyuki, Commissioner of the Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency, and exchanged views on the need to strengthen bilateral relations and means of supporting and developing them across all sectors.