Hours after India and Japan signed a number of agreements in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) today said that aim of both countries is to elevate the partnership to strategic levels. Soon after both prime ministers issued a joint statement, ANI quoted Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar as saying, “Aim to elevate strategic partnership. Trying to align each other’s approach towards the world”.
“Till now thrust of the contacts and cooperation have been on maritime security. We agreed to explore cooperation and exchanges between our Army and Ground Self defence force and Air Force and Japan’s Air Defence Force”, he was quoted as saying by the agency further.
He further said that Rohingya issue was discussed, but not specifically, “Rohingya issue did not come up for any specific discussion, it came only as a passing mention,” Jaishankar said further, as per ANI.
Earlier in the day, India and Japan today signed as many as 15 agreements to improve their strategic partnership. Both sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, PTI report said. Both prime ministers also held talks on several issues including ways to ways to deepen ties in security, civil nuclear energy and trade, it added.
PM Narendra Modi, while addressing a joint press conference with his Japanese counterpart said that ties between both countries is not limited to bilateral or regional spheres.”The range of special strategic and global partnership is not just limited to the bilateral and regional sphere. We have close cooperation on global issues as well,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
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“We have just signed a joint statement which will serve as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship… based on that we will strongly promote Japan- India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world,” Shinzo Abe was also quoted as saying by PTI. Referring to the recent Malabar Japan-India-US naval exercise, the Japanese PM said that the cooperation would be strengthened further.