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India not rigid: MEA on Japan's quadrilateral push along with US, Australia

India not rigid: MEA on Japan's quadrilateral push along with US, Australia

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi. (File Photo)
Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi. (File Photo)

said today that it was open to working with like-minded countries on issues that advance its interests and promote Indian viewpoint, a day after Japan indicated that it would propose a top-level dialogue with the US, and

"We are not rigid in this regard," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson said when asked about Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono's remarks to the Nikkei Business Daily that Japan would propose a dialogue with the US, and

Kumar also referred to various trilateral initiatives, India was participating in.

"Because of our broad acceptability as a country, there are a number of such initiatives which are trilateral in nature. For example, we did the trilateral meeting with Russia and China on the topic of Asia Pacific last year. We also do an India-Sri Lanka-Maldives trilateral on security matters," he said.

Kumar also talked about the which has been happening for many years and the recent India- Japan-trilateral.

The country is also part of India-Afghanistan-Iran trilateral and is looking to hold the India-US-Afghanistan meeting, he said, adding that all these meetings are conducted at various levels.

"As far as we are concerned, we have an open mind to cooperate with countries with convergence but obviously on an agenda which is relevant to us," Kumar said.

After her meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, external affairs minister on Wednesday had said the two sides have agreed to work together and with other partners to promote cooperation based on the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to the Philippines to attend the 31st and on November 13 and November 14. He is expected to meet other leaders, including the president.

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First Published: Fri, October 27 2017. 19:25 IST