Tokyo, Oct 29: India and Japan on Monday decided to start a 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue involving their respective foreign and defence ministers with the aim is to further work towards world peace and stability.
“Without the cooperation between India and Japan, the 21st century cannot be an Asian century”, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Narendra Modi said in a joint address to the media with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after their annual bilateral summit.
“Abe-san and I have agreed to start a 2+2 Dialogue between our foreign and defence ministers,” he stated.
“Its aim is to further boost peace and stability in the world.”
— ANI (@ANI) October 29, 2018
India commenced a similar 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with the US last month in which External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis participated.
“The relations between India and Japan are as deep and wide as the Indian and Pacific Oceans,” PM Modi said.
“These relations are based on shared commitment to democratic values and freedom and the rule of law.”
Modi further said that he and Abe both agreed that from digital partnership to cyberspace, health, defence, ocean to space, in every field we will strengthen our partnership.
“I have been told that today Japan investors have announced that they will invest 2.5 billion US dollars in India” the Indian Prime Minister asserted.
On his part, Abe said that cooperation between the naval forces of the two countries will increase.
Following the talks, six agreements were signed on cooperation between the naval forces of the two countries, healthcare, digital and new technologies, and food processing.