Japan, Poland to hold 1st defense dialogue in fall

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Polish counterpart Donald Tusk agreed in Warsaw on Sunday to deepen security cooperation by holding the countries' first defense policy dialogue this fall.

The leaders also confirmed that training vessels of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will call at a Polish port in August.

To strengthen bilateral economic relations, Abe and Tusk affirmed their cooperation to realize a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union at an early date.

Tusk said he is paying close attention to Abe's economic stimulus policies, dubbed "Abenomics," while Abe responded that Japan intends to cooperate with Poland in every possible field as the two countries share values such as democracy.

Abe became the first Japanese premier to visit Poland since 2003, when former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi visited the country.

On Saturday evening in Warsaw, Abe and his wife Akie promoted Japanese food culture at a reception where sushi and tempura dishes made by famous Japanese cooks and alcoholic beverages like sake and "shochu" were served.