Japan-India Summit Telephone Talk
April 26, 2021
On April 26, commencing at 3:45 p.m. for approximately 25 minutes, Mr. SUGA Yoshihide, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with H.E. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. The overview of the talk is as follows.
- Prime Minister Suga wished for India’s early recovery from the current spread of COVID-19 under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, and the two leaders concurred that they would work in closer cooperation towards containing the pandemic.
- The two leaders confirmed the importance of Japan-India bilateral cooperation and multilateral cooperation, including Japan-Australia-India-U.S. quadrilateral cooperation, towards realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. They also shared the view to continue their effort on building a rules-based free and open international order.
- Prime Minister Suga stated that he hopes to further develop cooperation in areas such as cyber, digital, decarbonization, health care and connectivity, and also mentioned possible collaboration in such fields as 5G, submarine cables, strengthening of industrial competitiveness, diversification of supply chain, development of India’s North Eastern Region and the Specified Skilled Worker system.The two leaders welcomed the steady progress on the high-speed rail project including the 12th Joint Committee Meeting on the Project for the Construction of Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail, and affirmed their intention to keep advancing Japan-India cooperation in various fields.
- Prime Minister Suga expressed serious concerns about China’s continued and strengthened unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas, including the Coast Guard Law.
- In closing, the two leaders shared the view to realize Prime Minister Suga’s visit to India at a mutually convenient timing while taking into account the COVID-19 situation.