Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Japan on October 28 and 29 for 5th annual summit between Prime Ministers of India and Japan. This will be the 12th meeting of PM Modi with Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.
Japan’s envoy to India, Kenji Hiramatsu said on Monday that agreement between the India and Japanese Navy and defence equipment and security cooperation agreement are expected during the meeting of two leaders.
Ministry of external affairs said that both leaders will have discussions on range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Kenji said, “We are expecting to sign agreement between Indian Navy and Japan’s Naval Defence Force with regard to maritime domain awareness and security issues. We would like more cooperation in this domain too”.
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He said, “Also defence equipment and technology cooperation, we have agreed to have joint research activities with regard to unmanned vehicles and robotic”.
Ministry of external affairs said last week, “Under the framework of the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan, the two leaders will have wide-ranging discussions over two days on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest”.
Kenji said that for the first time Indian and Japanese armies will have joint drills in Mizoram next month. Japan will also be an observer in the India-US joint Air Force exercise ‘Cope India’.
When asked a question on India wants to procure Soryu Class submarine from Japan, Kenji said, “We are in the process of discussing (the matter) between the Japanese government and private sector… there is no final decision on collaborating with India for the project yet”.
Kenji also assured that High speed train project in India between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, that India and Japan are doing collaboration, will be completed on schedule and Japan has transferred first trench of loan to India for it. Japan is funding the high speed train project in India.