India and Japan have decided to upgrade their defence and security cooperation, and deepen the involvement of Japan in developmental project in the sensitive North-east region besides agreeing to work together with third countries.
The two countries also signed 15 key agreements, including in key sectors like civil aviation, after bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at their fourth annual Summit held at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
In a joint statement issued after the talks, both the countries also called for "zero-tolerance approach" to terrorism and in obvious reference to Pakistan called for destruction of safe havens for terrorists and their financing channels. They called upon Pakistan to bring to book the perpetrators of the Pathankot terror strike.
Without naming Pakistan and China, the joint statement said the two countries agreed on the need of world community holding accountable all those parties that helped North Korea in its nuclear programme.
During the two day visit of the Japanese Prime Minister, India and Japan today initialled 15 Memorandum of Understanding/Agreements. A Memorandum of Cooperation signed between the Ministry of Home Affairs and Japan's Cabinet Office aims to cooperate and collaborate in the field of disaster risk reduction and to share the experiences, knowledge and policies on disaster prevention.
In the area of skills development, the MOC envisages further strengthening of bilateral relations and cooperation in Japanese language education in India between MEA and MOFA, Japan.
To upgrade connectivity, under an agreement, the India Japan Act East Forum will promote developmental projects in the North Eastern Region of India in an efficient and effective manner.
The India-Japan Investment Promotion Road map between DIPP and METI will facilitate and accelerate Japanese investments in India, mainly Gujarat.