Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agreed Friday to expand trilateral defense cooperation with the United States.
In talks on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Abe also expressed the desire to advance bilateral relations with India to ensure peace and prosperity in the region, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said.
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force is scheduled to take part in trilateral drills in the Indian Ocean with the navies of India and the United States later this month, in an exercise seen as a response to China’s growing maritime assertiveness.
Modi was quoted by the ministry as telling Abe that both countries have a big role to play in promoting democracy and the rule of law, and also said he looks forward to the Japanese leader’s visit to India. Arrangements are being made for an Abe trip to there around September.
On the economic front, the two leaders agreed to proceed with a plan to build a high-speed railway system in India using Japan’s “shinkansen” technology.
Also, in June, the Japanese parliament approved a civilian nuclear cooperation treaty with India, enabling Tokyo to export nuclear power equipment and technology to the country.
Japan and India have been deepening relations over recent years, with the two leaders holding talks for the ninth time.
In a separate meeting Friday, Abe and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed North Korea’s nuclear ambition and the situation in the Middle East, while agreeing to promote bilateral economic ties, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry.
Referring to Japanese companies’ interests in the Turkish market, Abe said Tokyo would like to promote talks on a free trade agreement with Ankara and see Japanese companies participating in infrastructure projects in Turkey, the ministry said.
Erdogan expressed an eagerness to draw more tourists from Japan, and to expand academic exchanges between the two countries, it said.