Regional security, defence ties on PM Modi’s agenda in Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, in Yamanashi for the 13th India-Japan annual summit. The two leaders will review the progress in ties and deepen strategic dimension of the bilateral relationship between India and Japan. During the two-day summit that began today, Modi will engage with Abe on a range of issues including defence and regional security.

Later in the day, Modi will join Abe for an informal lunch at a hotel. The two leaders will then visit a company which is a leading manufacturer of factory automation. Abe will then host Modi at his holiday home in the picturesque Yamanashi prefecture for a private dinner following which both the leaders will travel to Tokyo by train.

Besides bilateral issues, the two leaders are expected to deliberate on a range of regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region. Modi will also address the Indian community function in Tokyo and will attend a series of business events and address the business forum.

Modi said it will be his 12th meeting with Abe since he first visited Japan as prime minister in September 2014. The Indian Prime Minister had landed in Tokyo on Saturday and received a warm welcome on his arrival.

“PM Narendra Modi arrives in Tokyo to a warm welcome for his 5th Annual Summit with Shinzo Abe. Japan is one of the few countries that India has this mechanism of annual summits, reflecting the extraordinary depth of our engagement,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. “Landed in Tokyo. I am confident this visit will add new vigour to the strong friendship between India and Japan,” Modi said in a tweet.

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