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Japan-India Foreign Ministers’ Telephone Talk

May 7, 2020

On May 7, commencing at around 3:30 p.m. for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a telephone talk with H.E. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India. The overview is as follows.

1. Minister Motegi expressed his gratitude for the support of the Indian government in the repatriation of Japanese nationals residing in India and requested continued cooperation for ensuring their safety, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He also requested cooperation for the resumption of activities by Japanese companies in India. The two Ministers shared the view to further cooperate in the repatriation of their nationals staying in each other’s country.

2. Minister Motegi also explained Japan’s cooperation towards India relating to the COVID-19, and Minister Jaishankar expressed his appreciation for this assistance. The two Ministers exchanged views on their respective countries’ international cooperation in relation to COVID-19 prevention measures and confirmed that Japan and India will continue to work together closely.

3. In addition, Minister Motegi expressed his intention to resume strongly advancing bilateral relations, particularly in terms of security and defense including the follow-up on the Japan-India 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting, as well as the economy and economic cooperation, once the situation calms down. In response, Minister Jaishankar stated his intention to continue to promote Japan-India cooperation in a wide range of fields. Furthermore, the two Ministers shared the view to further strengthen bilateral relations based on the Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

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