Japan-India Foreign Ministers' Telephone Talks

December 28, 2012

On December 28, Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, had a telephone talks with H.E. Mr. Salman Khursid, External Affairs Minister of India. An overview of the talks is as follows.

  1. Noting that India was an important strategic partner for Japan, Minister Kishida stated that he would like to further enhance cooperation in the field of security and continue to strengthen economic relations with India in order to bolster the “Strategic and Global Partnership” established in 2006 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  2. In response, Minister Khursid, expressing that he shared the views of Minister Kishida, stated that Prime Minister Abe was an architect of the “Strategic and Global Partnership” and he would like to further develop the relations in wide-ranging areas, including people-to-people exchanges and economic relations in cooperation with Minister Kishida so as to further raise bilateral relations to a higher level. Furthermore, Minister Khursid expressed gratitude for the Official Development Assistance of Japan to India, and expressed his wish to continue to expand bilateral cooperation including in such projects as the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) and the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor.
  3. Both Ministers concurred to have close cooperation for the development of Japan-India relations.
    • (* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)