Modi in Tokyo: India, Japan seek end to cross-border movement of terrorists
“The two Prime Ministers condemned terrorism in strongest terms in all its forms and manifestations in the spirit of ‘zero tolerance’,” said a joint statement issued after the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe here.
The two leaders noted with great concern the growing menace of terrorism and violent extremism and its universal reach.
“They called upon all countries to implement the UNSC Resolution 1267 and other relevant resolutions designating terrorist entities,” it said, referring to India’s bid to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar designated as global a terrorist under this resolution.
China - a veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council - had blocked India’s move to put a ban on Azhar under the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.
The two leaders “called upon all countries to work towards eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, in disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels, and stopping cross-border movement of terrorists,” it said, adding they underlined the need for all countries to effectively deal with trans-national terrorism emanating from their territory.
India accuses Pakistan of training, financing and arming militant groups such as LeT and JeM.
“They emphasised that the evolving character of terrorism called for stronger international partnership in counteringterrorism and violent extremism, including through increased sharing of information and intelligence,” the statement said.
The two Prime Ministers noted the ongoing bilateral dialogue on counter-terrorism and called for enhanced cooperation including through greater exchange of information and intelligence between the two sides.
They asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of terror attacks including those of 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai and 2016 terrorist attack in Pathankot to justice.
The two leaders also expressed their condolences to the bereaved families of the victims of both countries in the recent terrorist attacks including in Dhaka and Uri. They also expressed their resolve towards strengthening international cooperation to address the challenges of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism, it added.
India, Japan ink 10 pacts, cover areas like space, agri
India and Japan on Friday signed 10 pacts covering a range of areas such as boosting Japanese investment in infrastructure, railways, and for cooperation in space and agriculture, as part of agreements to bolster bilateral ties.
An MoU was signed between the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Limited and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport and Urban Development to enable cooperation and promote investment in infrastructure projects in railways & transportation; port terminals; toll roads; airport terminals and urban development.
“This MoU would also enable the two sides to explore opportunities to set up a NIIF-JOIN joint fund,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Two memorandum of understandings were signed to boost cooperation in space technology. One of the MoUs between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) concerned cooperation in outer space in satellite navigation and planetary exploration.
It also included joint missions and joint use of ground systems for mutual support.
The other MoU between India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science aims to promote cooperation in areas of joint survey and research, and exchange of scientific visits by researchers and experts.
India and Japan also signed a landmark deal for civil nuclear cooperation after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterpart Shinzo Abe. The move is likely to boost bilateral economic and security ties and facilitate US-based players to set up atomic plants in India.
The deal allows Japan to export nuclear technology to India, making it the first non-NPT signatory to have such a deal with Tokyo. It cements bilateral economic and security ties as the two nations warm up to counter an assertive China.