India, Japan vow to strengthen trade, defence ties

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart discussed ways to strengthen strategic bilateral ties. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 07, 2016, 03.11 PM (IST)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-India Summit in Vientiane.

The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen strategic bilateral ties.

This is the second meeting between the two in less than six months. They had earlier met in April on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

Japanese media reports suggested that the two leaders were also likely to discuss cooperation in the defence sector.

The Indian Prime Minister will attend the 14th ASEAN India Summit and 11th East Asia summit on September 8 here.

Besides attending the two Summits, Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of Japan, South Korea, Lao PDR and Myanmar.

Talking about the East Asia Summit, the Prime Minister said it is the premier forum for discussions on the challenges and opportunities before the Asia Pacific region.

India wants to enhance physical and digital connectivity in the region, PTI reported.

India’s engagement with ASEAN and the Asia Pacific Region has acquired momentum following the enunciation of the Act East Policy by the Prime Minister.

Indian Ambassador to ASEAN, Suresh Kumar Reddy, told the media earlier that the ASEAN Summit is expected to set the agenda for further strengthening the ties which will help India to achieve its objectives for socio-economic growth.

Reddy further said the summit will provide valuable partners to India who can bring technology, resources and who can support Indian industries, adding the areas in which further cooperation between India and ASEAN countries are required are agriculture, climate change, non-traditional security areas, and cyber crimes and strengthening connectivity.

During the Summit, the world leaders will review the progress of implementation of the ASEAN Community Blueprints 2025.

(WION with inputs from agencies)