India-Japan strategic dialogue on Oct 28-29Huma Siddiqui

Written by Huma Siddiqui | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 26 2011, 08:09am hrs
India and Japan will hold their fifth strategic dialogue barely weeks before the East Asia Summit in mid-November.

The dialogue, to be held between external affairs minister SM Krishna and his Japanese counterpart Koichiro Gemba in Tokyo on October 28 and 29, will explore ways to deepen the two countries cooperation across a range of issues, ranging from jointly combating piracy and terrorism to climate change and the evolving East Asia architecture. India is also expected to discuss the prospects of civil nuclear cooperation that took a hit after the Fukushima disaster earlier this year.

Krishna will also call on Japans Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. The talks are expected to set the stage for Noda's visit to New Delhi in December for the annual summit with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Krishna's discussions on strategic issues, including maritime security, will also set the stage for a visit by defence minister AK Antony on November 2 and 3.