India, Japan 2+2 ministerial dialogue underway

New Delhi, Nov 20: The India-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue (2+2) is underway in New Delhi on Saturday to strengthen defence ties and discuss Indo-Pacific security.

Motegi is on a day-long visit to India along with Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono for their participation in the 2+2 ministerial dialogue.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono and Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi ahead of talks.

The meeting is being held in pursuance of the decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit held in Japan in October 2018, with an aim to institute a Foreign and Defence Ministerial Dialogue for further deepening bilateral security and defence cooperation, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

The Indian delegation participating in the meeting will be led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Jaishankar.

The 2+2 meeting will provide an opportunity for the two sides to review the status of and exchange further views on strengthening defence and security cooperation between India and Japan so as to provide greater depth to the ‘India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership’.

The two sides will also exchange views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and their respective efforts under India’s ‘Act East Policy’ and Japan’s ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision’ for achieving their shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress to realise a better future for the people of the two countries and the region.

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