Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi informed on Thursday that this will be the first meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Kishida.
“The India-Japan Summit will take place on March 19. At the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida will make an official visit to New Delhi from March 19-20 for the 14th India-Japan Annual Summit. The leaders will have their first meeting,” Bagchi said, adding that the last annual summit was held in Tokyo in 2018.
Underlining the importance of bilateral relations, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that both India and Japan have multifaceted cooperation within the scope of their Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
“The summit will provide an opportunity to review and strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields as well as exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest, so as to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.” To take the partnership forward.” added.
The last year saw growing bilateral and multilateral partnerships between India and Japan, and the further strengthening of the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.
The two sides kept pace in relations through virtual meetings and phone calls despite the pandemic. On April 26, 2021, the Prime Minister spoke to the then Prime Minister of Japan, Suga, to exchange views on managing the pandemic and strengthening cooperation in the post-COVID-19 world.
The two countries also saw the further strengthening of bilateral security and defense cooperation. (ANI)
First Published:March 18, 2022, 12:06 am