Foreign Minister Taro Kono congratulated Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on his appointment to the position of Indian Foreign Secretary during their teleconference on June 4. After India’s recent general election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi formed a new cabinet and designated Jaishankar as his Foreign Secretary.
“This year, it is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s turn to visit India,” FM Kono said during the teleconference, drawing on the fact that Indian Prime Minister visited Japan last October. “We would like to deepen our bilateral cooperation by being in closer communication than in the past,” the Japanese Foreign Minister continued. Jaishankar agreed, saying, “India would like to further expand cooperation between our two countries.” Kono expressed his hopes for India, saying, “India has a very large role and responsibility in creating a free and open Indo-Pacific.” He asked that the “2+2” dialogue between the two nations’ foreign and defense ministers be held at an early date. The two nations agreed [last October] to set up the dialogue.
Jaishankar’s wife is Japanese. The new Indian Foreign Secretary has worked in Japan and is considered an authority on things Japanese.