Second India-Japan 2plus2 Ministerial Dialogue begins in Tokyo
The 2nd India-Japan 22 Ministerial Dialogue began in Tokyo today. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar are holding talks with Japanese Minister of Defence Yasukazu Hamada and Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi. In his remarks Mr Singh said, there has been significant progress in Indo-Japan bilateral relations in recent times. He said, both countries have had a long history of cultural and civilisational ties. Mr Singh said, as two thriving democracies in Asia, both are pursuing a special strategic and global partnership. He said, this year, India and Japan are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations and both nations are honoured to hold an event to commemorate this in December in New Delhi where personnel from both of the ground forces will come together. Expressing condolences on the sad demise of Shinzo Abe, Mr Singh said, his contributions were significant in elevating India-Japan relationship. He said, India stands in solidarity with the people of Japan as they recover from this loss.