Modi Meets Abe For Bi­lat­eral Talks

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Wednes­day met his Ja­panese coun­ter­part Shinzo Abe af­ter ar­riv­ing here and dis­cussed ways to strengthen strate­gic bi­lat­eral ties.

“Dis­cussing stronger ties with Ja­pan... PM Modi meets Ja­pan PM Shinzo Abe,” the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice tweeted as the al­most 45 min­utes-long bi­lat­eral talks be­gan. PM Modi will at­tend the 14th ASEAN In­dia Sum­mit and 11th East Asia sum­mit on Thurs­day. He will also have bi­lat­er­als with lead­ers of Myan­mar and South Korea. There could be more “pull aside” talks to­mor­row with lead­ers, of­fi­cials said. This is Modi’s sec­ond meet­ing with Abe in less than six months. They had met on the side­lines of the Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit in Wash­ing­ton in April. Ear­lier, Ja­pan’s Ky­odo news agency re­ported that the two lead­ers are likely to dis­cuss co-op­er­a­tion in the de­fence sec­tor.

Ja­pan’s mar­itime self-de­fence force and the In­dian and US navies con­ducted Mal­abar joint mar­itime se­cu­rity ex­er­cises in June and Ja­panese and In­dian de­fence min­is­ters agreed in July to re­peat the joint drill next year.

The lead­ers are also ex­pected to dis­cuss in­vest­ment and other eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, the re­port said.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi.

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