Visit to India by H.E. Dr. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan(Outline and Results)
December 29, 2009
- H.E. Dr. Yukio Hatoyama, Prime Minister of Japan, visited Mumbai and Delhi, India on December 27th to 29th.
(Note) The annual summit meetings have been held between Japan and India since 2005.
- On December 29th , Prime Minister Hatoyama had the summit meeting with Prime Minister Singh, and they affirmed that the Japan-India Strategic and Global Partnership was further strengthened and developed. Following the summit meeting, the joint statement entitled "New Stage of Japan-India Strategic and Global Partnership" was released.
- In Mumbai, on December 27th, Prime Minister Hatoyama signed a book of condolences and laid flowers in the memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks that took place in Mumbai in November 2008. Prime Minister also attended the formal banquet hosted by the Governor of Maharashtra. On December 28th, Prime Minister and received courtesy calls from businessmen who represent the business community of India, including Mr. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani, CMD, Reliance Industries Ltd., and Mr. Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Sons.
- In Delhi, on December 28th Prime Minister Hatoyama held a meeting with businessmen including those of Japanese corporations operating in India. Prime Minister also met with Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress Party, and received a courtesy call from Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Prime Minister Hatoyama attended the informal dinner hosted by Prime Minister Singh on December 28th, and on 29th, Prime Minister had the summit meeting and attended the official luncheon hosted by Prime Minister and Mrs. Singh.
- The summit meeting marks the third one between Prime Minister Hatoyama and Prime Minister Singh. Throughout this visit, the two prime ministers had candid exchange of views and further strengthened the relations of trust.
The outcomes of the summit meeting are as follows.
(1) Politics and Security(i) The two prime ministers reiterated the importance of continuing the annual summit meetings, and Prime Minister Hatoyama invited Prime Minister Singh to Japan by the end of 2010.
(ii)"The Action Plan to Advance Security Cooperation based on the Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation between Japan and India," which lays out concrete steps on security cooperation, including the establishment of Subcabinet/Senior Officials 2+2 dialogue, was finalized.
(2) Economy and Economic Cooperation(i) Both sides confirmed that the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations would be accelerated. Prime Minister Singh expressed his hope that an agreement would be reached by the next annual summit meeting.
(ii) Both sides committed to the early realization of the entire Western corridor of the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) project.
(iii) The Project Development Fund (PDF) for the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) project was jointly established.
(iv) Both sides confirmed that the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) would become the model of Japan-India cooperation in the field of academic exchanges.
(v) Both sides affirmed that bilateral cooperation on energy conservation and other fields will be promoted through the Japan-India Energy Dialogue.
Both sides confirmed to work on the simplification of visa procedures.
(4) Disarmament and Non-proliferation
The two prime ministers welcomed the renewed international attention to the total elimination of nuclear weapons. Prime Minister Hatoyama stressed the importance of bringing into force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at an early date, and Prime Minister Singh reiterated India's commitment to a moratorium on nuclear explosive testing. Cooperation toward the immediate commencement of negotiations and an early conclusion of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) was also affirmed.
(5) Climate Change
The two prime ministers welcomed the Copenhagen Accord and affirmed their resolve to continue to closely cooperate between the two countries.
(6) Other Global Issues
On the UN Security Council Reform, international finance and global economy, the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and counter-terrorism, the two ministers exchanged views and ensured cooperation between the two countries.
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