Japan-India Relations

September 27, 2018
Japan-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting1
Japan-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting2
Japan-India Foreign Ministers' Meeting3

On Thursday, September 27, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, during his visit to New York to attend the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, held a meeting with H.E. Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of India, commencing at 6:15 p.m. (local time: 7:15 a.m. on Friday, September 28, Japan time) for approximately 20 minutes. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Minister Kono stated that he is glad to meet Minister Swaraj again following her visit to Japan at the end of March, explained that India is the most important partner for realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific, and stated that he hopes to ensure close communication between the two countries' foreign ministers and further invigorate Japan-India relations. Minister Swaraj replied that she is happy to meet again, and intends to make firm preparations for a visit to Japan this year by H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. Minister Kono explained that he intends to make coordination so that concrete outcomes are generated in all fields, including security, the economy and economic cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges.
  2. The two ministers exchanged views on the situation in the Indo-Pacific region, towards realizing a Free and Open Indo-Pacific. They confirmed the importance of ensuring that the international community fully implements the UN Security Council resolutions, towards the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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