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Modi, Abe to explore ways to ramp multifaceted cooperation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will look at ways to enhance "multifaceted" relations between the two countries and carry forward their special strategic and global partnership when they meet for the annual Summit on Wednesday.

Abe begins his two-day visit on Wednesday during which he and Modi will hold the 12th India-annual Summit in capital Gandhinagar.


The summit takes place amid rising tension in the Far East after North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb, launched a ballistic missile over Japan, and the growing Chinese assertiveness in the South Sea.

This will be the fourth annual summit between Modi and Abe.

The two leaders have 10 times in the last three years, with the last being on the sidelines of the G20 Summit at Hamburg in July. Prime Minister Modi had visited in November last year.

"The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between and under the framework of their special strategic and global partnership and will set its future direction," MEA said in a statement.

During his visit, Abe will attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Mumbai-Ahemdabad high-speed railway, a flagship programme of the India-collaboration, marking the commencement of the project, also known as bullet train project.

Through a video link, the two prime ministers will attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the 'High-Speed Railway Training Institute' being set up in Vadodara.

Apart from attending a business plenary, the two leaders will also take a tour of Dandi Kutir in Gandhinagar, which is India's largest museum showcasing the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

India-ties are on an upswing in a range of areas, including defence and security.

At their annual defence dialogue last week, the two countries had resolved to collaborate closely in defence production, including on dual use technology.

When asked about the talks between the two sides on defence, including the sale of amphibious aircraft ShinMaywa US-2 to India, Pranay Verma, joint secretary (East Asia), did not go into details, but noted that defence cooperation remains an area of priority between New Delhi and Tokyo.

Verma was responding to media queries at a briefing on Abe's visit.

Replying to a question on whether work on any project had commenced after the Indo-civil nuclear cooperation deal came into force in July this year, Verma said, It is for the two sides to start discussions to look at how to take this forward in a manner that contributes to India's civil nuclear programme.

The nuclear pact, signed in November 2016, is expected to help foreign players build atomic power reactors in with equipment from

Responding to a question on Asia-Africa Growth Corridor, Verma said, talks were going on and was looking at collaboration with in third countries. "This (the talks) is acquiring gradual maturity."

The initiative is not only being discussed between and Japan, but also with third countries, Verma added.

Launched in May this year, the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is an economic cooperation agreement between the governments of and

Verma said development in northeast is an area where the two nations have agreed to cooperate.

"Discussions are clearly to begin in depth....What kind of projects and what sectors...It will be in consulation with the stakeholders, with the concerned departments of government of as well as the northeastern states. That is still a work in progress," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, September 11 2017. 20:07 IST
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