Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 30 April 2024.

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Photo of Maria Eagle Maria Eagle Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether any countries other than Japan have expressed an interest in joining the AUKUS partnership.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

We remain in close communication with our allies and partners across the full breadth of our defence and security relationships, including discussion of AUKUS Pillar Two. AUKUS partners will begin consultations this year with prospective collaborators, including Japan, to explore areas where they potentially could contribute to, and benefit from, individual Pillar Two projects. Pillar One, to deliver conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines (SSNs) to Australia, is not open to other countries.

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