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In joint statement, India, Japan pledge partnership in maritime security, space exploration & digital growth

India, Japan review guard of honour Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team Tokyo, Japan Oct 29, 2018, 04.22 PM (IST)

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and PM Modi today released a joint statement emphasising trade, maritime security and space exploration as the driving force between the two countries.

High-speed railway will be promoted, the Japanese PM said during the joint statement, adding that digital partnership will be improved.

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India, Japan signed key agreements during the summit, PM Abe said. "We seek greater cooperation in space exploration," PM Abe added.

India, Japan have signed a number of connectivity projects, the Japanese prime minister informed while seeking greater cooperation in space exploration.

While thanking PM Abe for the warm reception, PM Modi during the joint statement said that India and Japan share deep bilateral ties.

"Our patnership will boost growth," PM Modi said while asserting that he had frutiful discussion with the Japanese prime minister.

"The 21st century belongs to India," the PM declared while inviting Japan to be part of the solar alliance.

Earlier, PM Abe and Modi held delegation level talks where the two sides discussed a range of bilateral, regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

India and Japan signed six agreements, including on high speed train and naval cooperation after talks between PM Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe.

On Monday, PM Modi held a series of meetings with top Japanese leaders and addressed the Indian community. He urged the Indian community in Japan to contribute actively in building a "new India".

"India is going through a massive transformative phase today. The world is appreciating India for its service to humanity. The nation is being felicitated for its policies and for the work being done towards public welfare," he said.

The Indian PM said that "tremendous progress" was achieved in the digital infrastructure, saying 1 GB data is cheaper than the smallest bottle of cold drink in the country.