Japan-India Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk
On January 14, commencing at around 3:45 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held his second telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India. The overview is as follows.
- The two ministers stated that they are pleased to talk to each other again following the telephone talk held immediately after Minister Hayashi’s appointment as Minister for Foreign Affairs. The two ministers exchanged views on Japan-India relations, which marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations this year. The two ministers agreed to elevate the “Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership” to greater heights by achieving concrete outcomes in wide ranging areas such as political and security issues, economy and people-to-people exchanges at the occasions of high-level exchanges including Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to India, 2+2 Foreign and Defense Ministerial Meeting and Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue. In this context, the two ministers shared the view to enhance cooperation in such fields as digital, cyber, defense equipment and technology and enhancement of connectivity in India’s North Eastern region and confirmed to steadily advance the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail, which is the Japan-India flagship project.
- The two ministers discussed the situation of North Korea and the recent missile launches and confirmed that they would continue to closely coordinate on the response to North Korea, including the abductions issue.
- The two ministers also discussed Japan-Australia-India-U.S. quadrilateral cooperation as well as regional affairs such as Myanmar and confirmed to work hand-in-hand with each other.