India Japan Ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive at the India-Japan Business Summit venue at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat Sept. 14, 2017. (IANS/PIB photo)

GANDHINAGAR — India and Japan signed 15 agreements Sept. 15 further broadening their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China has become increasingly assertive.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held wide-ranging talks on key bilateral, regional and international issues and discussed ways to deepen ties in trade, security and civil nuclear energy.

Addressing a joint press event with Abe, Modi said India-Japan ties were not limited to bilateral or regional spheres. The two sides have also agreed to closely cooperate on key global issues.

During the talks between the two leaders, India and Japan signed 15 pacts to boost cooperation in key sectors, including civil aviation, trade and science and technology.

"We have just signed a joint statement, which will serve as a milestone to open a new era for Japan-India relationship... based on that we will strongly promote Japan-India special strategic and global partnership to drive peace and prosperity for Indo-Pacific region and the whole world," Abe said.

The visiting leader also referred to the recent Malabar Japan-India-U.S. naval exercise and said cooperation would be further strengthened.

Abe said the two sides also agreed upon a Japan-India investment support road map.

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