In­dia and Ja­pan hold de­fence talks

SP's MAI - - MILITARY -

The De­fence Min­is­ter of Ja­pan, It­sunori On­odera, who vis­ited In­dia from Jan­uary 5-8, 2014, as a fol­low-up to the In­di­aJa­pan De­fence Min­is­te­rial meet­ing held in Novem­ber 2011, met with the In­dian De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony, in New Delhi. At the meet­ing, the two Min­is­ters ex­ten­sively and frankly ex­changed ideas re­gard­ing re­gional and global se­cu­rity chal­lenges, as well as bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes be­tween In­dia and Ja­pan. They shared views on is­sues re­lat­ing to peace, sta­bil­ity and pros­per­ity of the re­gion. On­odera briefed on Ja­pan’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strategy and the Na­tional De­fence Pro­gramme Guide­lines, which were adopted in De­cem­ber 2013.

The two Min­is­ters ap­pre­ci­ated the progress on In­dia-Ja­pan bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion and ex­changes that had been achieved in a va­ri­ety of fields and at var­i­ous lev­els, in­clud­ing the hold­ing of the third De­fence Pol­icy Di­a­logue which was de­cided dur­ing the 2011 De­fence Min­is­te­rial meet­ing, the se­cond “2 plus 2” di­a­logue and the se­cond bi­lat­eral train­ing be­tween the Ja­pan Mar­itime Self-De­fence Force and the In­dian Navy which was held from De­cem­ber 19-22, 2013.

They also shared views on the ne­ces­sity to con­duct high-level and work­ing-level reg­u­lar con­sul­ta­tions and ex­changes, deep­en­ing ser­vices ex­changes and ed­u­ca­tion/aca­demic re­search ex­changes and mak­ing other ef­forts, in or­der to fur­ther strengthen mu­tual trust and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing. They also de­cided to strengthen In­dia-Ja­pan de­fence con­sul­ta­tion and co­op­er­a­tion, in­clud­ing those re­lated to mar­itime se­cu­rity to fur­ther con­sol­i­date and strengthen strate­gic and global part­ner­ship be­tween Ja­pan and In­dia.

The key high­lights of the meet­ing in­cluded:

• Con­tinue to carry out high-level mu­tual visits on an­nual ba­sis. The De­fence Min­is­ter of In­dia will visit Ja­pan in 2014.

• Hold the third “2 plus 2” di­a­logue and the fourth De­fence Pol­icy Di­a­logue (Ad­min­is­tra­tive Vice-Min­is­ter/Sec­re­tary of De­fence level) in Delhi in 2014.

• Pro­mote ex­changes on UN Peace­keep­ing Op­er­a­tions be­tween Ja­pan Peace­keep­ing Train­ing and Re­search Cen­tre, Joint Staff Col­lege ( JPC), Cen­tral Readi­ness Force of Ja­pan Ground Self­De­fence Force (JGSDF) and Cen­tre for UN Peace­keep­ing (CUNPK) of the In­dian Army.

• Con­duct bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises be­tween Ja­pan Mar­itime Self­De­fence Force and In­dian Navy on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. In 2014, the In­dian Navy will visit Ja­pan to con­duct joint ex­er­cises.

• Con­duct Ex­pert ex­changes in Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance/Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Counter Ter­ror­ism be­tween both In­dian Army and Ja­pan Ground Self De­fence Force ( JGSDF); and

• Con­tinue to con­duct staff ex­changes and dis­cuss pos­si­bil­ity of con­duct­ing staff talks be­tween Ja­pan Air Self-De­fence Force and In­dian Air Force and pro­fes­sional ex­changes of test-pilots, pro­fes­sional ex­changes in the field of flight safety and be­tween their trans­port squadrons.

The De­fence Min­is­ter of Ja­pan It­sunori On­odera call­ing on the Prime Min­is­ter Dr Man­mo­han Singh in New Delhi on Jan­uary 6, 2014

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