Identifying the agenda of bilateral relations in 2019 and marking an important beginning for a series of high-level bilateral exchanges this year, India and Japan escalate their diplomatic relationship to newer heights. Welcoming Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj focused on enriching cooperation across entire spectrum of bilateral relationship & exchanged views on regional & global issues.
Continuing the thrust to strategic orientation, India and Japan in their 10th Strategic Dialogue meeting discussed wide range of issues strengthening the bilateral ties. The two foreign ministers held discussion on the follow up on the decisions taken during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Japan for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit in October 2018, which opened new vistas of bilateral cooperation in areas such as regional connectivity, economic partnership, new and digital technologies, healthcare, renewable energy, defence cooperation, maritime security etc.
India and Japan also exchanged views on regional and global issues of common interest. They reaffirmed that based on shared values and interests, the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership has acquired a broader significance in the current global context and has become a factor of prosperity and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
External Affairs Minister congratulated Foreign Minister Kono for Japan’s hosting of the G-20 Summit in Osaka in June 2019, and promised India’s full support for Japan’s Presidency of G-20 this year.