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Indian PM Modi to visit Japan Nov. 10-12, hold summit with Abe

  • October 28, 2016
  • , Kyodo News , 11:18 a.m.
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TOKYO, Oct. 28, Kyodo — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a three-day visit to Japan from Nov. 10 to meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese government said Friday, with economic and defense cooperation likely high on the agenda.

 

The leaders are likely to sign a civil nuclear cooperation pact, including a provision to assure Japan that India, which has not joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, will not use Japanese nuclear power plant technology for military purposes, diplomatic sources have said.

 

They are also likely to discuss defense cooperation, which includes joint maritime exercises between Japan, India and the United States, and agree on the importance of the rule of law at sea in light of China’s expansionary activities in the East and South China seas and the Indian Ocean.

 

“We expect (Modi’s) visit to advance the special strategic global partnership befitting a new era for Japan-India (relations) and further deepen the bonds and cooperative relationship between our countries,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told a press conference.

 

During his second visit to Japan since becoming prime minister in May 2014, Modi is also scheduled to meet Emperor Akihito, the government said.

 

In their talks last month on the sidelines of regional meetings in Vientiane, Laos, Abe and Modi discussed economic cooperation and coordination in counterterrorism efforts.

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