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India-Japan foreign ministers to hold strategic talks today

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who arrived here on Friday for the talks, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues of mutual interest.

In their strategic dialogue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Kishida will deliberate on a range of key issues including firming up of a deal on defence equipment cooperation and production of amphibious long-range aircraft US-2 besides addressing issues relating to long-pending civil nuclear agreement.

Deputy Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Ken Okaniwa said both the leaders will also discuss about the Tokyo Declaration issued during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo in September last year. Okaniwa indicated Japan’s willingness for production of US-2 aircraft in India.

“It was at summit meeting in September that the two leaders instructed the two government at the working level to start consultation regarding the broader defence equipment cooperation.
We have already started informal discussions on how and what kind of sort of framework we want,” Okaniwa said.

Asked whether India’s refusal to sign the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty was coming in the way
of finalising the civil nuclear pact, he indicated it to be an issue but added “we would not have started
the discussion if that a big issue” for us.
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