Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Tokyo forward on former premier Shinzo Abe’s funeral.
The leaders reaffirmed dedication to additional strengthen India-Japan ties, which was a cornerstone of Abe’s international coverage.
“The 2 leaders had a productive trade of views on additional deepening bilateral relations. Additionally they mentioned quite a lot of regional and international points,” India’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned in a short assertion.
Throughout the bilateral assembly, Modi conveyed his deepest condolences on Abe’s loss of life and famous his contributions in strengthening India-Japan ties as nicely in conceptualising the imaginative and prescient of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific area. “I’m feeling very unhappy in regards to the sudden loss of life of former premier Abe… He took Japan-India relations to a larger degree and in addition expanded it in lots of areas,” Modi mentioned.
“India is lacking Shinzo Abe,” he mentioned. “I’m assured that underneath your management, India-Japan relations will deepen additional and obtain larger heights,” Modi informed Kishida.
PM Kishida appreciated Modi’s go to to Japan to attend Abe’s state funeral. He expressed his intention to proceed working with Modi to understand a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific”, constructing on the diplomatic legacy of Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister’s Workplace mentioned in an announcement.
Kishida acknowledged that the interval from this yr — which marks the seventieth yr of India-Japan diplomatic relations — to subsequent, when Japan and India assume the G7 and G20 presidencies, affords a superb alternative to strengthen the ‘Japan-India Particular Strategic and World Partnership.’ The 2 leaders confirmed to advertise bilateral cooperation in varied fields, the assertion mentioned.
The 2 leaders exchanged views concerning the regional scenario, in addition to the Russia-Ukraine struggle. They reaffirmed their shared recognition of the significance of peaceable settlement of disputes in addition to clear and comparable growth finance.
Kishida visited India for the annual summit in March whereas Modi visited Japan for the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Might.
Representatives from over 100 international locations, together with greater than 20 heads of state and governments, attended Abe’s funeral on Tuesday. Abe was shot useless whereas making a marketing campaign speech on July 8 within the southern Japanese metropolis of Nara.