GANDHINAGAR, India — The following is the gist of a joint statement issued Thursday after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi held talks in Gandhinagar, India.
Japan and India:
— call on international community to maximize pressure on North Korea and implement U.N. sanctions.
— agree to jointly develop defense equipment and conduct trilateral maritime drills involving U.S.
— will discuss exports of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force’s US-2 amphibious aircraft for search and rescue purposes to India.
— confirm importance of freedom of navigation in sea based on international law.
— agree to cooperate in opening Japanese language courses at 100 higher education facilities in India and training 1,000 teachers.
— pledges to provide some 190 billion yen ($1.7 billion) in low-interest loans for a new high-speed railway and other infrastructure projects in India.
— hopes India will adopt Japanese technology for other high-speed railway systems in the country.