Japan Non-Committal On Final Nuclear Deal During Modi’s Visit
Ahead of Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo next month, Japan remains non-committal on signing the final agreement for civil nuclear co-operation with India during the meeting between the Prime Ministers of the two countries.
While Japan’s foreign ministry remained positive about the agreement, it told TOI that the MoU signed between the two countries for cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy was being legally vetted. “Japan and India are by no means stagnant though and we are looking forward to enhancing our strategic partnership further,” said Yasuhisa Kawamura, director general of press and public diplomacy division.
It is important for Japan to ensure that the MoU signed last year for the purpose stands legal scrutiny before it is formalised through an agreement, which India is looking forward to signing when Mr Modi visits Tokyo on November 11. If the agreement is indeed signed, it will be the biggest takeaway from Mr Modi’s third summit meeting with Abe. The final agreement will also be put up for scrutiny before the Japanese parliament (Diet). Times of India