- Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Modi laid the foundation of a 2 + 2 summit between the two countries in October last year.
- On behalf of India, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar met their Japanese counterparts Taro Kono and Toshimitsu Motegi.
- Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday
India and Japan in a joint statement on Saturday after the 2 + 2 committee condemned the growing threat of terrorism. Both countries considered the ongoing terror network from Pakistan as a threat to regional security and asked them to take strict action against such organizations. Ministers of both countries emphasized strong international partnerships to combat terrorism and violent extremism, including the sharing of information and intelligence.
Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono discussed several key issues, including the Indo-Pacific region, with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. Parties of both countries agreed to control groups that spread terrorism in any other country in all areas under their control. He agreed to not allow to use his land for terror.
Modi said- India-Japan relationship based on peace, prosperity, and stability in the Indian Ocean
Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday as part of the 2 + 2 talks. The Prime Minister said after the meeting that India-Japan relations are the main keys to peace, prosperity, and stability in the Indian Ocean. India’s relationship with Japan is important for peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. Apart from this, it is also important for India’s Act East Policy.
Japan is the third country to join 2 + 2 with India
They have involved India in 2 + 2 negotiations with two countries. The US and India attend 2 + 2 meetings at the ministerial level, while 2 + 2 talks are held with Australia at the officer level. All these countries are increasing their cooperation with India in response to China’s expansionary One Belt, One Road (OBOR). We believe it that the India-Japan summit will be a major step in this direction.
2 + 2 talks with the US in December
They schedule the 2 + 2 level talks between India and the US on December 18 in Washington. It is also expected to discuss the autonomy of the Indo-Pacific region. India has many times voiced concern over China’s growing activities in the Indo-Pacific region. Because of this, the US changed the name of Pacific Command to Hind-Pacific Command last year to increase India’s interference in the region. Both countries are engaged in strengthening defense relations and trade in the region.