Japan-India Relations

September 26, 2019
Japan-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting1
Japan-India Foreign Ministers’ Meeting2

On Thursday, September 26, commencing at 4:30 p.m. (local time; September 27, 5:30 a.m. JST) for approximately 30 minutes, Mr. Toshimitsu Motegi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting New York to attend the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Motegi stated “I am pleased to be able to hold a Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with India, an important partner, shortly after my appointment as Foreign Minister” and “I intend to work closely with Your Excellency in order to raise our special and multilayered Japan-India relations to a higher level.” 
  2. In response, Minister Jaishankar congratulated Minister Motegi on his appointment as Foreign Minister, and stated that he would like Minister Motegi to visit India as soon as possible to hold the “2 + 2” Ministerial Meeting and that he intended to cooperate closely with Minister Motegi to strengthen Japan-India relations. 
  3. The two Ministers shared the view to cooperate to ensure the next Prime Minister Abe would be a special one. Furthermore, they held an exchange of views regarding RCEP and regional situations and confirmed that they would work closely together.

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