Defence, Security, Trade, Supply Chains Discussed with PM Kishida

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that during his talks with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida the two sides exchanged views on defence and security, technology, trade, health and digital cooperation as well as on stable and reliable supply chains of semi-conductors and other critical technology.

In his press statement after holding delegation level talks with the Japanese leader, PM Modi said that he has seen Prime  Minister Kishida’s positivity and commitment to the bilateral relationship, and that is the reason why this visit will be very useful is keeping up the momentum in ties. PM Modi said that with India the G20 presidency this year, and Japan the G7 presidency and keeping their priorities and interests in mind, the visit is best timed to coordinate their efforts.

He said he had explained to PM Kishida India’s G20 priorities and that giving voice to the Global South is India’s priority. “The IndiaJapan bilateral Special Strategic Global Partnership is based on the rule of law, and it is important for both sides to strengthen it, and it will help boost peace and stability in the IndoPacific region,” he emphasised. He also said that he had accepted the invite from PM Kishida to attend the G7 leaders’ summit being hosted in Hiroshima in May this year. PM Modi said that there has been good progress with regard to the five trillion yen (Rs 3,20,000 crore) investment announced by PM Kishida during his last visit in May 2022.

Referring to IndiaJapan Industrial  Competitiveness Partnership launched between the two sides in December 2019 to strengthen India’s industrial
competitiveness, PM Modi said that thanks to it competitiveness is being increased in the logistics, food processing, machinery, SMEs sectors. “We expressed happiness on the activities,” he added.

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