Narendra Modi invites Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has invited Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe who will be on a two-day India visit – on September 13 -14.

During the visit, both leaders will address the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. This will be the fourth annual summit that Prime Minister Modi and Shinzo Abe would address together.

Both the countries leader will review the recent progress in the multi-faceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction.

Kenji Hiramatsu, Japan’s Ambassador on the relationship between India and Japan, “The India-Japan relationship is at its best ever. India is a key partner to carry out Prime Minister Abe’s free and open Indo-Pacific strategy. In this age of vulnerability, we cherish the relationship between the two countries. It’s a partnership between the oldest and the largest democracies.”

“Prime Minister Abe’s free and open Indo-Pacific strategy is also intent of Japan to play a larger role in the Indian Ocean under the banner of pro-active contribution to peace,” he added.

Hiramatsu further said, “We are living in a world that is becoming increasingly vulnerable and unpredictable, with outstanding issues like North Korea. But India and Japan and their partnership provide a certainty in the region and beyond.”

Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar asserted that Japan can make a substantial difference to India’s nuclear industry. Speaking at the India-Japan Colloquium session, Jaishankar stressed as to how cooperation and civil nuclear defense will be two key components of the future for both India and Japan.

To that, he commented, “The difference that Japan can make to our nuclear industry can be quite substantial. Japan’s openness to supply India with military technology also reflects the high level of confidence between the two countries.”