Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrived in India on a two-day visit on Monday. Kishida was received and greeted by Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar at the airport in Delhi. After this, Kishida met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House. This was followed by delegation level talks between the two countries. After this both also addressed the joint press conference.
PM Modi said, “I welcome Japanese PM Fumio Kishida to India. Over the past year, PM Fumio Kishida and I have met several times and each time I have felt his positivity and commitment to India-Japan bilateral relations. To maintain this momentum, his visit today will be beneficial.
The Prime Minister said, “Today Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida invited me to the G7 Leaders’ Summit, which will be held in Hiroshima in May. I thank him for this. In September this year, I will again have the opportunity to welcome PM Fumio Kishida to India for the G20 Leaders’ Summit.
PM Modi said that the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership is based on the shared democratic values of the two countries and the ‘rule of law’. This will ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. We have had a detailed discussion about India’s priorities with regard to the G20 Chairmanship. In particular, giving a voice to the Global South is one of the most important pillars of our vision for the G20 Presidency.
#WATCH | I will announce my new plan on Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) at a lecture event hosted by ICWA. It gives me great pleasure to be able to unveil my new vision on the soil of India which is our indispensable partner in realising FOIP: Japanese PM Fumio Kishida pic.twitter.com/6Htwr1pqGq
— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
Kishida said that our economic cooperation with India, which is expanding rapidly, will not only support India’s further development, but also create significant economic opportunities for Japan. He said, “I will announce my new plan on Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) at a lecture program organized by ICWA. I am delighted to unveil our new vision on the soil of India, our indispensable partner in making FOIP a reality.”
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in Delhi. Kishida signed the visitor’s book at Rajghat. During this he was presented with books written on the biography of Mahatma Gandhi.
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) March 20, 2023
Fifteen years ago, Shinzo Abe first talked about Indo-Pacific cooperation during his visit to Delhi. Kishida and Modi will also visit the Bal Bodhi tree at Delhi’s Buddha Jayanti Park. The Ministry of External Affairs said in an official release on March 10 that the two leaders would discuss bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.