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U.S. Department Of State
96/09/18 Statement: Meeting Of U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee
Office of the Spokesman

Press Statement By Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
September 18, 1996

        Meeting Of U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee

On September 19, Secretary Christopher and Secretary of Defense
Perry will welcome Japanese Foreign Minister Ikeda and Minister
of State for Defense Usui to the Department of State for a
meeting of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee. 
This meeting of the "2+2" continues the bilateral cooperation
underscored by the state visit of President Clinton to Japan
last April.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 and conclude with a
working lunch hosted by the Secretary.

Secretaries Christopher and Perry and their Japanese counterparts
are expected to discuss the work being done by the Special
Action Committee on Okinawa, the on-going review of the 1978
Defense Guidelines, the two countries' respective relationships
with other key regional players, and the efforts of our two
governments to expand the stabilizing influence of multilateral
security dialogues in the Asia Pacific region, such as the
ASEAN Regional Forum.

The U.S. and Japan signed the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and
Security in January 1960.  The Treaty commits both governments
to defend Japan, contributes to the maintenance of regional
peace and security, and remains the cornerstone for the
U.S.-Japan bilateral defense relationship.
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