On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe further reinforced the strong India-Japan relations. Both prime ministers agreed to broaden partnerships between their respective countries in the fields of defence, economy, counter-terrorism, and regional cooperation.
Both prime ministers agreed to broaden their strategic and defence partnership by strengthening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and having regular engagement through the medium of the annual Defence Ministerial Dialogue. The two leaders also hailed the MALABAR trilateral naval exercises as an example of deepening cooperation between India, Japan, and the US.
Acknowledging the need to expand joint exercises and cooperation in areas like humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR), peacekeeping operations (PKOs), counter terrorism, including the possibility of joint field exercises between Indian Army and Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Forces in 2018, and reciprocal visits by air assets to each other’s country.
PM Modi and PM Abe also strongly pitched for a zero tolerance approach towards terrorism and terror groups and committed to strengthening various levels of counter-terrorism cooperation through the Fifth Japan-India Consultation on Terrorism. The two leaders also emphasized the strengthening of cooperation against terror threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, and their affiliates.
PM Modi also stated that the civil nuclear pact between India and Japan would open a new chapter in cooperation in the clean energy sector between both countries. The two prime ministers expressed their commitment to building strong cooperation between India and Japan for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy through more collaboration between nuclear companies of the two countries.
Both leaders emphasized that the India-Japan ties were not limited to bilateral or regional spheres. Instead, India and Japan have cooperated on a key global issues and have also discussed ways to deepen ties in trade, security and civil nuclear energy.