Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Sunday agreed to cooperate to realize Tokyo’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The leaders said that their countries would discuss with the United States details of how the three should cooperate on the vision.

Abe and Morrison also talked about the situations in the South China Sea and North Korea, agreeing to continue working closely on the matters.

Australia plans to join a U.S.-proposed international coalition to protect commercial shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. In light of this, the two leaders are believed to have exchanged views on Iran.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ongoing Group of Seven summit in Biarritz in southwestern France. Australia, though not a member of the G7, was invited as a guest.

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