Japan's Abe Seeks Early 2-Plus-2 Talks with India

Politics

By Hiroki Kosuge

Osaka, June 27 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Thursday that he hopes the two nations will hold a meeting of their foreign and defense ministers at an early date.

Meeting with Modi in Osaka ahead of the two-day Group of 20 summit in the western Japan city from Friday, Abe said he wants the so-called two-plus-two meeting to help ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region. The launch of the two-plus-two-session was agreed on at the Abe-Modi meeting in October last year.

At Thursday's meeting, Abe said he would like to move forward with bilateral cooperation in high-quality infrastructure, and in the defense and security field including the supply of US-2 amphibious rescue aircraft to India.

He also voiced his hope for Japan and India to establish a fund for investment in startups and team up in the digital, space and cyberspace sectors.

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