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Modi and Suga reaffirm commitment for free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific

International Desk, Rtv
|  25 Sep 2021, 15:51
Modi and Suga reaffirm commitment for free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific
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Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga have reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Ahead of the Quad meeting to be hosted by US President Joe Biden, they also reviewed the multi-faceted bilateral relationship and exchanged views on recent global developments.

In the Thursday meeting, the two Prime Ministers agreed to enhance bilateral security and defense cooperation. According to a statement issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), they also agreed in the area of defense equipment and technologies.

Indian PM Modi has given thanked to Suga for his personal commitment and leadership, both as Prime Minister and Chief Cabinet Secretary earlier, in enabling great advances in the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership over the last few years, it said.

Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said that Japan is one of India's most valued partners.

“I had an excellent meeting with PM @sugawitter on a variety of subjects that would further boost cooperation between our nations. A strong India-Japan friendship augurs well for the entire planet," Modi tweeted.

"Furthering friendship with Japan," the MEA said in a tweet after the meeting.  "Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @sugawitter had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC. "Discussed a range of issues: Indo-Pacific, regional developments, supply chain resilience, trade, digital economy & P2P ties," the MEA said in another tweet.

It further said that a special strategic and global partnership with Japan - firmly rooted in history and based on common values.

The statement said that they welcomed the launch of the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) between India, Japan and Australia earlier this year as a collaborative mechanism to enable resilient, diversified and trustworthy supply chains.

Modi highlighted the need to develop bilateral partnerships in manufacturing, MSME and skill development.

In a statement, Prime Minister Suga informed Modi that in order to operationalise the Specified Skilled workers (SSW) agreement which was signed earlier this year, the Japanese side would be undertaking skill and language tests in India from early 2022, it said.

PM Suga and PM Modi discussed the Covid pandemic and efforts to address it and highlighted the increasing importance of digital technologies. In this regard they positively evaluated the progress in the India-Japan Digital Partnership.

They reaffirmed their commitment to advance efforts to facilitate the smooth and timely implementation of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project.

Both Prime Minister also welcomed the progress in bilateral developmental projects in India's North Eastern Region under the India-Japan Act East Forum, it said.

 Prime Minister Suga expressed if new administration in Japan will come, the strong momentum attained by the India-Japan partnership in the last few years would continue.

Indian Prime Minister Modi conveyed that for India-Japan Annual Summit in the near future, he was looking forward to welcoming the next prime minister of Japan to India.

Source: The Tribune

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