14th Japan-India Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue
On September 8, commencing at around 5:40 p.m., Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Japan-India Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue with H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India who is visiting Japan, for approximately 80 minutes. The overview of the dialogue is as follows.
1. Bilateral relations
- (1)The Ministers confirmed that both sides will work toward the 5-trillion-yen target of public and private investment and financing from Japan to India in the next five years, which was set during Prime Minister Kishida’s visit to India in March. The Ministers also confirmed that both sides will continue to promote the high-speed rail project, a flagship project of Japan and India, and projects to strengthen connectivity, including in northeastern India.
- (2)The Ministers concurred to deepen cooperation in the field of economic security, including 5G/Beyond 5G.
- (3)The Ministers shared the recognition that energy security and climate change measures arewere matters of urgency and concurred that it is essential to strengthen cooperation based on the “Japan-India Clean Energy Partnership(PDF)” and comprehensive environmental cooperation, including through the Japan-India Energy Dialogue, Japan-India Environmental Policy Dialogue at the ministerial level. Minister Hayashi also expressed his expaectation that progress will be made in the discussion between relevant authorities toward the establishment of the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)(PDF).
- (4)Based on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 response, the Ministers shared the recognition of the imporantce of international cooperation in health and medical sectors, and concurred to strengthen cooperation in the field of healthcare.
- (5)The Ministers concurred to promote people-to-people and cultural exchanges, including the utilization of India’s outstanding IT professionals specified skilled workers.
- (6)Minister Hayashi expressed his expectations for Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan as part of the annual mutual visit by the leaders, and the Ministers confirmed that details will be coordinated at the working level.
- (7)The Ministers confirmed that Japan and India will work closely together for the success of the G7 and G20 next year as Japan and India will assume the presidency respectively.
2. Regional and Global issues
- (1)The Ministers reaffirmed that Japan and India, as well as Japan-U.S.-Australia-India, will work closely together to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”
- (2)The Ministers shared recognition on the importance of transparent and fair development finance, and exchanged views regarding Sri Lanka’s debt issue.
- (3)The Ministers exchanged views regarding the situation in Ukraine, and Minister Hayashi expressed the need for a coordinated response by the international community to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
- (4)The Ministers confirmed the importance of strengthening the functions of the United Nations as a whole, and confirmed to cooperate on reforming the Security Council, including through the G4.
- (5)Minister Hayashi explained Japan’s position on disarmament and non-proliferation issue, and the Ministers concurred that Japan and India will continue dialogue on this issue.