Japan-India Relations

June 27, 2019
(Photo1) Japan-India Summit Meeting 1 Japan-India Summit Meeting 1 Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office
(Photo2) Japan-India Summit Meeting 2 Japan-India Summit Meeting 2 Photo: Cabinet Public Relations Office

On June 27, commencing at 1:50 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, who is visiting Japan to attend the G20 Osaka Summit. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Prime Minister Abe reiterated his congratulations on the victory in the general election and expressed his hope for the success of the G20 Osaka Summit in cooperation with Prime Minister Modi. Prime Minister Abe stated that he would like to work with Prime Minister Modi hand in hand and elevate the Japan-India relationship, which is blessed with the greatest potential for development of any bilateral relationship in the world, to greater heights. Prime Minister Abe went on to state that it is his turn to visit India next time and he looks forward to the visit.
    Prime Minister Modi appreciated the warm congratulations, stating that Prime Minister Abe is the leader who kindly made the first phone call after the general election. Prime Minister Modi paid respect to Prime Minister Abe who chairs the G20 and expressed his expectation for the success of the summit. Prime Minister Modi conveyed his congratulations to Japan and its people which had embarked on the new Reiwa era, and added that the President of India will attend the Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty, the Emperor in October. Prime Minister went on to state that he looks forward to Prime Minister Abe’s visit to India and would like to start concrete coordination.
  2. Prime Minister Abe stated that toward the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific, he would like to hold a “2 + 2” Ministerial Meeting as soon as possible and advance concrete cooperation on connectivity through quality infrastructure as well as defense and security including US-2. Prime Minister Abe also stated that he expects to develop cooperation in the fields such as a Fund of Funds, digital affairs, outer space and cyber to expand the range of Japan-India relations.
    Prime Minister Modi expressed his hope to develop cooperation in the area of security, digital affairs, cooperation in third countries and disaster risk reduction.
    Toward the success of the high-speed rail project, the two leaders affirmed the progress of the project and shared the view to make its steady progress.
  3. The two leaders discussed Japan-India-U.S. cooperation, G20, the RCEP and regional affairs among others.

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