Foreign Minister Hayashi’s Address at the India-Japan Forum
On July 28, from 9:15 a.m. local time (same day, 12:45 p.m. JST) for approximately 75 minutes, Mr. HAYASHI Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Delhi, India, attended the opening session of the India-Japan Forum, cohosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India and Ananta Aspen Centre, where he delivered an address to the audience together with H.E. Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of India, and participated in a question and answer session with the moderator and audience. The overview is as follows.
- Minister Hayashi stated that 2023 is an important year for Japan and India to respectively assume the G7 and G20 presidencies. He noted the affirmation of the close cooperation between the two leaders during Prime Minister KISHIDA’s visit to India in March, and stated that he has cooperated closely with Minister Jaishankar at every opportunity.
- Minister Hayashi continued by stating the importance of enhanced engagement with partner countries including the “Global South,” one of the outcomes of the G7 Hiroshima Summit.
- Minister Hayashi further stated that Japan-India cooperation for the “future of Indo-Pacific” based on the new Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) plan would promote a “Special Strategic and Global Partnership” in a range of fields, including politics, security, economic and development cooperation, people-topeople exchanges, and cooperation in multilateral and international forums, such as Japan, Australia, India, U.S.. He also referred to the organic linking cooperation between development in the northeast region of India and efforts in the Bay of Bengal region, as well as initiatives in northeastern India.
- Finally, Minister Hayashi announced that Japan would cooperate for the success of the G20 New Delhi Summit. He stated that Japan would continue to work with India in the spirit of harmony and coordination for a better future of the region and the international community.
Co-hosted by India's main think tank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India. The conference will host government officials, business executives, media personnel, academics, etc. from both countries.