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Japanese delegation meets RS Deputy Chairman Harivansh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

accords highest priority to Indo-relationship which is deep rooted and historical going back to the 6th century when Buddhism was introduced to Japan, said while welcoming a Japanese parliamentary delegation that called on him Friday.

He said the relationship is based on common values of freedom, peace and democracy and both countries are partners in the pursuit of peace, development, prosperity and stability in the region.

"Our bilateral relations were upgraded to 'Special Strategic and Global Partnership' during the visit of our to in 2014 and have been constantly strengthened through mutual efforts," he told the visiting delegation.

The Japanese delegation is here to strengthen parliamentary exchanges, economic and strategic relations. It is headed by Chuichi Date, president, House of Councillors of the Diet of

Referring to the annual summit between and Japanese in 2018, said it was very productive and covered areas as diverse as economic cooperation, maritime security, new and digital technologies, and

He said it underscores the belief that the India-Japan relationship is a defining partnership of the 21st century and goes beyond bilateral relation.

Highlighting the importance of parliamentary exchanges in promoting and sustaining understanding between the two countries, mentioned the formation of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for Japan in and Japan-Parliamentary Friendship League.

Appreciating Japan's role in India's economic transformation, Harivansh said there is immense untapped scope for Japanese companies to participate in different sectors of the Indian economy, particularly in flagship initiatives such as Make in India, Digital India, Skill and Smart Cities. He also referred to Japan's support for key infrastructure projects such as the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway project, Dedicated Freight Corridor and Delhi Metro.

He also wished all success to Japan in holding a number of important events in 2019 including the Summit.

member Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was present during the meeting, praised Japan's contribution in India's economic development and suggested that Upper Houses of the Parliament of the two countries sign an agreement to strengthen parliamentary cooperation.

The delegation led by Chuichi Date appreciated the friendly relationship between the two countries and expressed the hope that such visits would strengthen the existing bonds.

He also extended the invitation to Chairman and Vice M Venkaiah Naidu to visit Japan.

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

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:20 IST
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