PM Modi meets Japanese counterpart Kishida; lauds late PM Abe's role in cementing India-Japan ties

PTI | Tokyo | Updated: 27-09-2022 18:58 IST | Created: 27-09-2022 18:58 IST
PM Modi meets Japanese counterpart Kishida; lauds late PM Abe's role in cementing India-Japan ties
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he had a fruitful meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida and conveyed his deepest condolences over the tragic demise of former prime minister Shinzo Abe, lauding his contributions in cementing the bilateral strategic partnership and in conceptualising the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

Modi, who is here to attend the state funeral of Abe, met Kishida ahead of the ceremony and the two leaders renewed their commitment towards further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership, and in working together in the region and in various international groupings and institutions.

''Had a fruitful meeting with PM Kishida. We discussed various bilateral subjects. I conveyed my condolences on the tragic demise of former PM Shinzo Abe,'' Modi tweeted.

''The two leaders had a productive exchange of views on further deepening bilateral relations. They also discussed a number of regional and global issues,'' the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on the meeting which lasted nearly 25 minutes.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi conveyed his deepest condolences for the demise of Abe and noted his contributions in strengthening India-Japan partnership as well in conceptualising the vision of a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

''I am feeling very sad about the sudden death of former premier Abe... He took Japan-India relations to a greater level and also expanded it in many areas,'' Modi, who shared a close friendship with the slain Japanese leader, said.

Modi recalled that when he visited Japan last time, he had a long conversation with Abe. ''India is missing Shinzo Abe,'' he said.

Abe, 67, was shot dead while making a campaign speech on July 8 in the southern Japanese city of Nara.

''I am confident that under your leadership, India-Japan relations will deepen further and achieve greater heights,'' Modi told Kishida.

Prime Minister Kishida appreciated Modi's visit to Japan to attend the state funeral for Abe. Kishida expressed his intention to continue working with Prime Minister Modi to realise a ''Free and Open Indo-Pacific,'' building on the diplomatic legacies of former Prime Minister Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

Kishida said that the period from this year, which marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-India diplomatic relations, to next year, when Japan and India will respectively assume the G7 and G20 presidencies, offers an excellent opportunity to further strengthen the ''Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership.'' The two leaders confirmed to promote bilateral cooperation in various fields, the statement said.

The two leaders exchanged views regarding the regional situation, including the situation in Ukraine. They reaffirmed their shared recognition of the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes as well as transparent and comparable development finance, and confirmed to continue working together in view of Japan and India’s respective presidencies of the G7 and G20 next year, the statement added. Prime Minister Modi attended the state funeral of Abe at the Nippon Budokan, which was attended by representatives from over 100 countries, including more than 20 Heads of State/Government.

Prime Minister honoured the memory of former prime minister Abe, who he considered a dear friend and a great champion of India-Japan partnership, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release.

Prime Minister Modi also had a private meeting with Akie Abe, the widow Abe, at the Akasaka Palace. ''Prime Minister Modi conveyed his heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Abe. He recalled his fond friendship and the significant contribution made by former Prime Minister Abe in taking India-Japan relationship to new heights. Prime Minister also had a brief interaction thereafter with Prime Minister Kishida to reiterate his condolences,'' the statement said.

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