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India, Japan in talks over procurement of US-2 amphibious aircraft: Japanese official

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and are engaged in talks on a proposal to procure US-2 by New Delhi, a Japanese said on Tuesday.

in also said was expecting that the proposed '2+2' talks between foreign and defence ministers of and will take place as early as possible in 2019.

Discussions regarding US-2 are "still continuing", she said. is eyeing to procure about 12 ShinMaywa US-2 from

Sakata's comments at a came a day after Japanese held talks with his Indian counterpart on a range of issues.

Replying to a question during a media briefing, Kono said the Ahmedabad-bullet train project did not come up for discussion during the talks between the two foreign ministers.

"We are in close cooperation with the Indian side. There are many issues in high speed railway that we are promoting together...We are going step by step," she added.

India and Japan are collaborating on high-speed railway project, which has been planned between and Japan is also funding the project.

On the '2+2' talks, the said, "We are hoping that this meeting can take place as early as possible this year...At the same time we know that you have elections, so we have to wait for the political situation."

Sakata added that the time and place of the talks is yet to be decided.

"The minister-level 2+2 meeting, of of both countries, would have a more higher level of strategic dialogue with each other," she said.

"Our defence and security cooperation is catching up with that of the speed and the depth of the economic cooperation," Sakata said.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 21:15 IST