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Japan's Motegi: Cooperation should go beyond four-way meet for free, open Indo-Pacific

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks at a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, September 16, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Tuesday international cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific should go beyond the framework of four countries comprising Japan, the United States, India and Australia.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Tokyo to hold a four-way meeting with his Japanese, Indian and Australian counterparts to promote the free and open Indo-Pacific.

“It is important to cooperate as many countries as possible that share basic values and common rules,” Motegi told reporters.

Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka, editing by Louise Heavens