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Arun Jaitley holds talks with Japan Defence Minister to boost military ties

Annual Indo-Japan Ministerial Defence dialogue took place during North Korea's nuclear pursuits

Press Trust of India  |  Tokyo 

Itsunori Onodera, Arun Jaitley
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, escorts Indian counterpart Arun Jaitley, right, to inspect an honor guard at Defense Ministry in Tokyo. Photo: PTI

India and on Tuesday resolved to further strengthen military cooperation as the two countries held wide-ranging talks on bilateral defence and security ties amid escalating tension in the region in the wake of the powerful nuclear test by North Korea.

A range of bilateral and regional issues relating to security and defence were deliberated at length during talks between and his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera here, officials said.

Jaitley also called on Japanese Prime Minister and discussed ways to deepening defence and security co- operation.

In the meeting, Jaitley conveyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's greetings to Abe, Indian envoy to Sujan Chinoy said.

The annual Indo-Ministerial Defence dialogue took place at a time when tension was mounting in the region due to North Korea's nuclear pursuits and China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Jaitley and Onodera also launched a business-to-business meeting of Indian and Japanese industries to promote defence production

Prior to the annual defence ministerial meeting, Jaitley was given a guard of honour.

The defence and security cooperation between India and is on an upswing and both countries are exploring ways to further deepen it.

Prime Minister Modi had visited in November last year during which both sides had decided to ramp up bilateral defence and security cooperation.

Jaitley, who was holding the additional charge of defence, has attended the security dialogue though Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed in Sunday's cabinet reshuffle.

Jaitley had said on Sunday that he is attending the dialogue with as there were logistical constraints for Sitharaman to go for it.

Sitharaman is likely to take charge of the ministry on Thursday.

First Published: Tue, September 05 2017. 23:13 IST