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India sees Japan as its special strategic partner: Jaishankar

ANI  |  Singapore City [Singapore] 

has steadily emerged as a special strategic partner of and is committed to its infrastructure modernisation, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said Tuesday.

Delivering a lecture to mark the 25th anniversary of India-relationship in Singapore, Jaishankar said has a natural interest in the growing ties between and as the two nations share a global agenda.

He added that the planned Shinkansen high speed rail project is the symbol of Japanese commitment to infrastructure modernization in as well as of a substantially larger investment footprint.

"We also see enhanced synergy between India and on connectivity and maritime security as positive for nations," said the Foreign Secretary.

Jaishankar's comments on the warm ties between and Tokyo came five days after the Prime Ministers of the two countries - Modi and Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.

It also came months after both governments inked a civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

Both Modi and Abe used their interaction to briefly reviewed progress in bilateral relations, including in important projects, since their last meeting in Japan in November 2016.

Prime Minister Abe is expected to visit in September this year for the next annual bilateral summit.

Both countries are presently involved the "The Malabar" Naval Exercise in the Bay of Bengal.

The aim of the exercise is to achieve deeper military ties and greater interoperability among the navies of India, Japan and the United States in the strategically-important Indo- Pacific region.

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First Published: Tue, July 11 2017. 15:02 IST