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Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono

April 24, 2020

On April 24, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper spoke with Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono by phone to discuss bilateral coordination on the response to COVID-19, regional security issues and threats to a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region, and continued cooperation to implement U.S. forces realignment initiatives.