All national dailies wrote that Prime Minister Kishida held separate bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Modi and Australian Prime Minister Albanese on the sidelines of the Quad summit on Tuesday. Kishida and Albanese agreed to further deepen bilateral security and economic cooperation between their countries and accelerate discussions on the implementation of a reciprocal access agreement intended to facilitate the deployment of their troops for joint drills and relief operations. The two leaders also shared concern over the security pact signed between the Solomon Islands and China.
During Kishida’s meeting with Modi, the two leaders agreed to deepen bilateral relations in economic, cultural, and other sectors as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and India. They also agreed to step up cooperation in developing advanced technology based on a plan unveiled by Kishida in New Delhi in March to invest 5 trillion yen ($39 billion) in India over five years.
In a related story, Nikkei reported that Foreign Minister Hayashi met with his Indian counterpart Jaishankar at the Kantei on Tuesday. The two ministers confirmed their intention to hold a “2+2” meeting of foreign and defense ministers at an early date.