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Japan, India agree to enhance bilateral defence and security ties

02 December 2019
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Tokyo and New Delhi agreed to further deepen their bilateral defence and security co-operation during the first India-Japan 2+2 Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting on 30 November.

During the meeting, which was held in New Delhi and attended by Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi along with their Indian counterparts Rajnath Singh and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the two sides emphasised that "further strengthening [the] bilateral co-operation was in mutual interest of both countries and would also help in furthering the cause of the peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region".

In this context the ministers said in a joint statement that they want to both regularise and expand the joint bilateral exercises held between all three components of their defence forces that were initiated in 2018, adding that they are also advancing co-ordination to hold the first Indo-Japanese fighter aircraft exercise in Japan.

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