New Delhi: In India to participate in the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit Saturday, Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, also held a separate meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to discuss the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
This is Kishida’s first such visit to India in his capacity as Japanese PM and the summit — held after a gap of three-and-a-half years — served as the first meeting between the two leaders. The last India-Japan Annual Summit had taken place in Tokyo in October, 2018.
The two leaders held talks on a range of subjects that included exchanging notes on China — while India spoke of the standoff at LAC, Japan raised the matter of East China Sea and South China Sea with regard to China’s growing belligerence there. The two countries also spoke of trade and investments.
Last year had witnessed increasing bilateral and multilateral engagement between India and Japan, and further strengthening of the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
The two sides maintained the momentum in ties through virtual meetings and phone calls, despite the pandemic. The countries also witnessed further strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation.
Glimpses of the meeting between PM Modi and Japan’s PM, Fumio Kishida, in New Delhi Saturday.