U.S. President Joe Biden welcomed leaders from South Korea and Japan to Camp David on Friday. The president hopes to ease historical tensions between the two countries in order to build a three-way alliance, The New York Times reports.
According to POLITICO, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol arrived at Camp David for the first tri-lateral meeting between the U.S., Japan and South Korea.
“We meet in this historic place to make a historic moment, and I believe that to be true,” the president said, according to CBS News. “This is new era and partnership between Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States, our new ‘Camp David Trilat.'”
President Yoon stated that the meeting was “a historic day,” The New York Times reports. Prime Minister Kishida agreed that the trilateral meeting signified the countries were “making new history.”
In a joint statement called “The Spirit of Camp David,” the three countries agreed to strengthen their security and economic commitments to one another. According to CBS News, the three leaders specifically agreed to improve information sharing about North Korean missile launches and cyber activities.
They also agreed to strengthen missile-defense cooperation to address nuclear and missile threats from Pyongyang.
President Biden also thanked both nations for contributing to Maui relief funds.
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