Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday that Canada and Japan have agreed in principle on a treaty that will provide a framework for logistics support between the Canadian Armed Forces and Japan's Self-Defense Force anywhere in the world.
Harper made the remarks at a joint news conference following a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who was on his first official visit to Canada.
The treaty, which will be known as the Canada-Japan Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement, will act as a guide for future defense cooperation between the two countries.
It will allow the Canadian Armed Forces and Japan's Self- Defense Force to exchange basic goods and services such as fuel, water and facilities wherever both forces are cooperating, including during common training exercises, peacekeeping missions, and humanitarian assistance operations.
Harper described the treaty, which will be reviewed for ratification by both parliaments, as "an important step towards strengthening bilateral defense relations."
"Canada and Japan enjoy excellent bilateral relations, underpinned by strong cooperation in the areas of commerce and security," he added.
An official release said that while the treaty would serve to shape and add momentum to bilateral defense relations, "it does not involve the stationing of troops in either country."
Canada and Japan have so far already cooperated on a number of defense and security initiatives, including Directorate Military Training & Cooperation and Continued Peace Operations Capacity Building in Africa.
On his part, Abe said that the two prime ministers also agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, natural resources, tourism, science and technology as well as Arctic affairs.
Abe said they promised to promote negotiations on Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement,whose fourth round of talks is set to be held in November in Ottawa, and on Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The issues of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Iran, Syria and other international hot spots were topics as well in their meeting, Abe added.
Japan is Canada's fourth largest export market with two-way merchandise trade amounting to nearly 25.4 billion Canadian dollars in 2012.
Japan is Canada's largest bilateral foreign direct investment partner in Asia. At the end of 2012, Japan's foreign direct investment in Canada was at about 17.5 billion Canadian dollars, while Canada's in Japan reached nearly 6.4 billion Canadian dollars.
Abe also paid a courtesy call to Canada's Governor General David Johnston before leaving Ottawa in the afternoon for New York City where he is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. (1 US dollar = 1.0304 Canadian dollars)