Japan, India Foreign Ministers Likely to Have Discussed RCEP

Politics

New Delhi, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, at their meeting in New Delhi on Saturday, are likely to have discussed an envisaged regional free trade agreement among Asian and Oceanian countries.

Motegi is believed to have urged Jaishankar to change India's plan to withdraw from negotiations on concluding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership free trade agreement.

At the beginning of the talks, Motegi said he will discuss bilateral relations in general ahead of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India in mid-December at the earliest.

Motegi also said he wants to discuss ballistic missile launches by North Korea.

If realized, RCEP would create a huge trade block covering about half of the world's population and some 30 pct of global trade value and gross domestic product.

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