Vladivostok (Russia), Sep 5 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Vladivostok and the two leaders pledged to deepen the bilateral ties in economic and defence sectors. Abe calls for the cooperation in strategic Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its military influence.
“It’s Indo-Pacific- an issue on which Japan-India share similar views. PM Abe spoke of free and open Indo-Pacific and important of bilateral cooperation,on economic side andin terms of people-to-people relations to build secure&prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” the statement issued by
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
“A lot of discussion was on bilateral relationship with particular emphasis on the forthcoming visit of Japanese Prime Minister to India for the Annual Summit that would take place sometime in December. Dates will be negotiated & announced in due course ,” he added.
Modi, who arrived in Russia on a two-day visit, is the first Indian prime minister to visit to the Russian Far East Region.
The meeting between prime minister Modi and Abe comes after they met at the G-20 Summit in Osaka in Japan and on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz in France.
“A global partnership reinforced by robust bilateral ties. PM Narendra Modi met with PM Shinzo Abe on the margins of 5th EEF in Vladivostok. Discussed deepening multi-faceted ties in economic, defense and security, start-up and 5G areas and exchanged views on regional situation,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
Following his meeting with Abe, Modi held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir bin Mohamad and President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on PM Modi’s meeting with PM of Malaysia said, “Prime Minister Modi raised the issue of Zakir Naik’s extradition. Both the parties have decided that our officials will stay in contact regarding the matter and it is an important issue for us.”
Modi arrived in Russia on Wednesday to participate in the 20th India-Russia annual summit and the fifth meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF). On his arrival, Modi received a guard of honour at Vladivostok International Airport.