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India and Japan work on PM Kishida's New Delhi visit to celebrate 70 years of bonhomie

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi also discussed high-level exchanges including Prime Minister Kishida's visit to India (File image courtesy: PIB)

India and Japan today agreed to elevate the 'Special Strategic and Global Partnership' between the two countries to greater heights by achieving concrete outcomes in wide ranging areas.  

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Japan's Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, in their 20-minute telephone talk on Friday, shared views to enhance cooperation in the fields of digital, cyber, defence equipment and technology.

They also extensively discussed enhancement of connectivity in India's North Eastern region and confirmed to steadily advance the construction of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail, which is the India-Japan flagship project.

This is the second phone conversation between the two ministers since Hayashi took over the foreign ministry portfolio.

"The two ministers exchanged views on Japan-India relations, which marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations this year," said the Japanese Foreign Ministry in a statement.

They also discussed political and security issues, economy and people-to-people exchanges at the occasions of high-level exchanges including Prime Minister Kishida's visit to India, 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting and Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue.

Tokyo said that the two ministers discussed the situation of North Korea and the recent missile launches and confirmed that they would continue to closely coordinate on the response to North Korea, including the abductions issue.

The two ministers also discussed India-Japan-Australia-US quadrilateral cooperation as well as regional affairs such as Myanmar and confirmed to work hand-in-hand with each other.

"Delighted to have a New Year conversation with Japanese FM Yoshimasa Hayashi. Discussed Covid situation, travel facilitation, bilateral projects, Quad, Myanmar and North Korea. Look forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations in a befitting manner," tweeted Jaishankar after the phone call.

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