Japanese Foreign and Defence Ministers call on PM Modi

Japanese Foreign and Defence Ministers call on PM Modi

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New Delhi, Nov 30: Visiting Foreign and Defence Ministers of Japan - Toshimitsu Motegi, and Taro Kono - called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday and discussed matters concerning bilateral strategic, security and defence cooperation.

Both the leaders are here to attend the maiden meeting of the India-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) here. "The Prime Minister welcomed the visiting Ministers and expressed his satisfaction at the two sides being able to accomplish this goal set by him and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit held in Japan in October 2018," an MEA statement said here.

The Prime Minister mentioned that the meeting will further deepen bilateral strategic, security and defence cooperation between India and Japan. Defence Minster Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar are attending the 2+2 Dialogue with their counterparts.

Prime Minister Modi also stressed the "importance of all-round development in India-Japan relations for the benefit of the two peoples, as well as the region and the world".

Mr Modi mentioned that regular high-level exchanges between the two countries are testimony to the depth and strength of the relationship.

The Prime Minister mentioned that both he and Prime Minister Abe attach great importance to strengthening bilateral partnership between the two countries. Mr Modi conveyed that he looked forward to welcoming Mr Shinzo Abe to India for India-Japan Annual Summit next month.

Prime Minister said that India’s relationship with Japan was a key component of the vision for Indo-Pacific for peace, stability and prosperity of the region, as well as a cornerstone of India’s Act East Policy. The 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue is expected to provide an opportunity for the two sides to further strengthen defence and security cooperation to provide greater depth to the ‘India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership’. The two sides are expected to exchange views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region. (UNI)